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Flea Bite Infection Symptoms
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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
No: Mosquito bites, by themselves, should not cause fever. Bites become "inflamed" commonly (not infected) and can be red and a bit swollen, but again no fever. True "infection" is quite uncommon. That said, mosquitoes, in certain parts of the world, can transmit all kinds of infections which can cause fever: malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, are all spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doubtful : Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks ; genitalia. Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an. ...Read more
What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites, hives or bed bug bites?
Can be tricky: There are differences btwn mosquitoes & bed bugs. Mosquitoes usually aren't out when it's really cold & they are often found outside in wooded areas. Bug beds live inside & thus are not impacted by the temperature. The itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs. Bed bug bites may not itch but when they do it might take up to several days for this to occur. You. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: However the venom of bugs can render you allergic to it. ...Read more
Bed bug bites: 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. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. If infected it may become warm, w ^ swelling, redness & pus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood tests: Very specific blood tests are available to determine the presence of tick transmitted infections. Since results can take some time to be finalized, early testing is highly recommended. ...Read more
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