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What distinguishes chigger bites from mosquito bites?

What distinguishes chigger bites from mosquito bites?

Chigger vs Mosquito: Chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. **the itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs.You may only have 1 mosquito bite or bites can be sporadically located. ...Read more

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Does flea larvae bite?

Does flea larvae bite?

Larvae don't bite: Flea larvae survive on eating digested blood from adult flea feces, dead skin, hair, feathers, and organic debris found in carpet, rugs, fabric on furniture, and bedding material. Adult fleas do bite, because they need a fresh blood meal. Newly hatched ones will die unless they feed within 1 week; older fleas can live 2 months-1year without feeding. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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What distinguishes a mosquito bite from bed bug bite?

You may not be able : To. Both can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. What can be telltale for a bedbug is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. Mosquitoes leave sporadically placed lesions. ...Read more

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Are flea bites similar to having bedbug bites?

Are flea bites similar to having bedbug bites?

There can be : Differences. Flea bites may be clustered into 3 itchy bumps that bleed & blanch (turn white) when you press on them. They tend to be found at skin folds (breast or groin) & folds of joints (ankle, knee, elbow, axilla). A rash may develop and swelling can occur as well as secondary infection from scratching. A skin biopsy is sometimes needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Bed bug bites may cause no. ...Read more

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Is there any difference on anti-rabies for dog bites and anti rabies for puppy bites?

Is there any difference on anti-rabies for dog bites and anti rabies for puppy bites?

Yes same vaccine: Vaccination done not only for unknown dog bites ( includes puppies ) raccoons, bats other wild animals killed virus vaccine is the same one. Do not have to worry about pet dogs if they are vaccinated. ...Read more

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Are sand tick bites dangerous?

Are sand tick bites dangerous?

Usually not: In some areas of the world they may carry infection. Leishmaniasis is carried by a sand flea, but in this county i think you are pretty safe. Mostly they just cause local itch and rash. ...Read more

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Any 'sickness' from flea bites?

Sometimes: Fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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Didffernce between chigger bites and bedbug bites?

Didffernce between chigger bites and bedbug bites?

Chiggers vs bed bugs: Chiggers are tiny, six-legged wingless organisms (larvae) that grow up to become a type of mite. Chiggers are found in tall grass and weeds. Their bite causes severe itching. Bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm. ...Read more

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Do mosquito bites and flea bites look the same?

No: First because fleas jump rather than fly they usually are concentrated below the knees and under clothes unless the animal carrier slept on your bed. Skeeter bites are usually on exposed skin flee bites are small red spots in clusters, skeeter bites much larger, pale in center. ...Read more

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Infected insect bite in hand?

Infected insect bite in hand?

Infected hand: Insect bite can be infected with routine skin bacteria however more exotic microrgansms are possible. Damage from the bug bite itself may be mistaken for an infection when in fact it is actually skin necrosis or an allergic reaction. Make sure it doesn resemble a recluse spider bite or something similar, get evaluated medically, your pcp or the er is a good starting point and/or see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bed bug bites from black widow bites?

What distinguishes bed bug bites from black widow bites?

Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. A black widow bite can cause. ...Read more

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What kind of bug bites look like mosquito bites but aren't from mosquitoes?

What kind of bug bites look like mosquito bites but aren't from mosquitoes?

Many bug bites: Many bites can mimic mosquito bites including mites, bed bugs, fleas and certain flies. ...Read more

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What is tick borne encephalitis (tbe)? 

What is tick borne encephalitis (tbe)? 

Virus from tick bite: Tick-borne encephalitis (tbe) is inflammation of the brain, caused by one of several viruses that are transmitted by tick bites. A tbe vaccine is available in canada and some european countries, but not yet in the U.S.. ...Read more

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What is the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites?

Location: Location, location, location. Flea bites will occur close to ground, so for most of us that's legs only. Bed bugs anywhere on the body. Both produce itchy red bumps. ...Read more

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What is protocol for suspicion of tick bite in heavy deer and dog tick areas of new england?

What is protocol for suspicion of tick bite in heavy deer and dog tick areas of new england?

Look for body ticks: Symptoms of tick borne illness are varied depending on the tick vector and diseases carried. If you see any attached ticks and do not know how long they have been attached or any rashes, severe headaches, joint or muscle aches, neck stiffness or are just worried, see you primary doctor for a physical exam and lab testing asap. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use adams plus flea and tick mist on a person/human?

Is it ok to use adams plus flea and tick mist on a person/human?

Are you a pet ?: These product are designed for your pets - not for you. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...Read more

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I need help identifying a bite? May be flea bite, but could be tick bite also?

I need help identifying a bite?  May be flea bite, but could be tick bite also?

You already received: 2 descriptions of tick bites. Flea bites may be clustered into 3 itchy bumps that bleed ; blanch (turn white) when you press on them. They tend to be found at skin folds (breast or groin) ; folds of joints (ankle, knee, elbow, axilla) as well as legs. A rash ; swelling can occur as well as secondary infection from scratching. A skin biopsy is sometimes needed for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if you got flea bites or tick bites?

Location, location: You are more likely to have a tick bite if your are spending time in forested areas. Flea bites tend to occur closer to home or at the ocean. Some fleas will infest lawns and homes if pest do not have proper flea control. Here are two helpful websites from the centers for disease control and epa ticks: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ticks/ fleas: http://www.Epa.Gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick.Htm. ...Read more

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I think my all over rash is from dog flea/tick shampoo? Says wash off w/water for 20 mins...But its 3 days later. What should I do?

I think my all over rash is from dog flea/tick shampoo? Says wash off w/water for  20 mins...But its 3 days later. What should I do?

Exposure vs Reaction: You are talking apples and oranges. An exposure is washed off instantly. But, a skin reaction after an exposure cannot be washed off. You skin will stop reacting and recover shortly. ...Read more

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I applied tick and flea liquid ointment on my dog and forgot to wash my hands directly afterwards. Is that harmful to me? I washed them later on.

I applied tick and flea liquid ointment on my dog and forgot to wash my hands directly afterwards.  Is that harmful to me? I washed them later on.

Probably NO: Tick and flea medications are very strong and have chemicals that can cause skin reactions and you do not want these chemicals getting absorbed through your skin into your blood stream. The medication was probably on your palms, some of the thickest skin on your body usually does not get into the blood stream. If you have not developed a rash then you were not allergic . Wash hands. ...Read more

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Is it true that body lice, fleas, mites, and ticks can transmit rickettsial diseases?

Is it true that body lice, fleas, mites, and ticks can transmit rickettsial diseases?

Yup: Ticks...Rocky mountain spotted fever fleas...Murine typhus mites....Scrub typhus lice...Epidemic typhus. ...Read more

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Can sand ticks be harmful?

Can sand ticks be harmful?

Yes: Not sure what a "sand" tick is, but if it is in the tick family, then yes it can be harmful! ticks are well known to transmit disease, but fortunately most do not. If you have a tick bite and develop fever or if the skin at the site of the bite looks red, it would be a good idea to see your physician to be safe. As with any bite, clean the area well with soap and water. ...Read more

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Can you be prone to ticks?

Can you be prone to ticks?

Area you live: The area you live in will determine the likelihood of a tick encounter. Prevention is always the best treatment to deal with ticks, ...Wear long sleeves, long pants, tuck pants into boots, use repellent in endemic areas. ...Read more

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How bad are ticks to humans?

How bad are ticks to humans?

It can kill you: Tick bites can transmit a number of very serious diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick-borne meningoencephalitis name a few. The fatality rate for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is about 30% for people who are not treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do seed ticks look like?

Seed ticks: Look like a tick small. Google this and look at images. See if that is what you have looks like this. ...Read more

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What does a tick bit look like?

What does a tick bit look like?

See below: They very in appearance, but often, the bite will often go unnoticed. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Explain how to take out a tick?

Explain how to take out a tick?

See below: The rec way is as follows: if available, use tweezers and grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible (if none, use a cloth or paper to protect your fingers). Pull straight up gently, steady pressure. Don't twist or jerk. Don't squeeze, crush or puncture the tick. Disinfect the skin afterward and wash hands. If any mouthparts remain, leave alone as they will be expelled spontaneously. ...Read more

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How do I properly remove a tick?

How do I properly remove a tick?

Anapsid.org/lyme: http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/removingticks.html (how to remove a tick). Using sharp pointed tweezers, or specially made tick tweezers, grasp the tick as close to your skin as possible, as close to its embedded mouthparts as you can. If you squeeze the body or head, you risk compressing the guts and salivary glands and expelling even more organisms through their mouth into ... ...Read more

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Can sand ticks bites be harmful?

Can sand ticks bites be harmful?

It could be: Some times those tics could cause what we call cutaneous leishmaniasis which a skin diease need treatment. ...Read more

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How would know if I have a tick?

How would   know if I have a tick?

Tick: You should find it on your body. Always inspect yourself after being in a tick infested area. If the tick is attached, it will engorge and can as big as a walnut. Feeding by the nymph form is harder to find since they are smaller. Some ticks, specifically the"soft" ticks that transmit relapsing fever in the southwest and western us, feed quickly and are rarely found on the body. ...Read more

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How long does it take a tick wound to heal?

How long does it take a tick wound to heal?

Simple means: When our protective skin is injured/opened, then the delicate internal environment is exposed to the harsh external environment. Covering it with a clean dressing is the way to go changing it every other day or so. Avoid scratching. Anti-itch creams help. Also, stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things. It should heal within a week. ...Read more

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What should I do if I find a tick on my baby?

What should I do if I find a tick on my baby?

Relax: After the normal reaction of being grossed out, it is important to remove it. Using tweezers as described is perfect. I also have heard that using soft soap on a cotton ball placed on the tick will get it to release. It is important to get it to release and not disconnect the head. At least call your physician about the tick. Then decide if the child needs to be seen. ...Read more

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