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Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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How can I stop insect bites from itching? Calamind lotion baking soda pastes and other remedies only work for a few minutes. Antihistamines don't hel

How can I stop insect bites from itching? Calamind lotion baking soda pastes and other remedies only work for a few minutes. Antihistamines don't hel

Insect bite /Allergy: Anytime you get an insect bite, wash with soap and water to prevent infection, then put Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion. If it too much itchy and red, you can use otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream. Other otc creams are: calmoseptine, itch-x, etc.
You also can take oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 2-3 times daily or Claritin once daily for 1-2 days. ...Read more

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What kind of rash that look like insect bite and it itches?

What kind of rash that look like insect bite and it itches?

Bite: Can be an insect bite and can also be hives. The rash needs to be examined by a doctor for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can you get cellulitis from insect bite itches when healing?

Can you get cellulitis from insect bite itches when healing?

Possibly.: If you scratch the itch you can tear open the skin and allow for infection and inflammation into deeper tissue. ...Read more

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I have this insect bite on my leg that got bigger and bigger. Its all read and itches alot. It hurts to stand and walk. What to do?

I have this insect bite on my leg that got bigger and bigger. Its all read and itches alot. It hurts to stand and walk. What to do?

Infection?: You may have secondarily infected (cellulitis) the bite from scratching it. Due to germs that can live under our fingernails, it's easy to infect an otherwise clean wound that could have healed well. If this symptom persists, you should see a physician immediately for further evaluation and management of your symptom. Good health. ...Read more

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I have what seems to be a insect bite but it looks like a blister and that's how it looked when it first appeares and itches like mad?

I have what seems to be a insect bite but it looks like a blister and that's how it looked when it first appeares and itches like mad?

Could be: It is common for some people's bodies to over react to some insect bites. It will usually grow bigger for 2-3 days. As long as it is itching more than tender it isn't likely to be infected. Also if it is just on the one area that was bit it doesn't sound like an allergy, just an exaggerated localized reaction. Ice massage and antihistamines might help. ...Read more

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I have an insect bite that has caused a red blotch about 2 inches by 3 inches and itches for about 5 days any ideas of what this could be?

I have an insect bite that has caused a red blotch about 2 inches by 3 inches and itches for about 5 days any ideas of what this could be?

Insect bite: Sounds like local allergic reaction to the insect bite, if the area of redness is not spreading and does not feel warmer than the surrounding normal skin then just apply over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream and take appropriate dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to stop the reaction and itching. If any tenderness or warmth then chance of secondary infection and needs to be seen by physician. ...Read more

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I get insect bites regularly and it itches and is a large red mango sized hard lump it gets bigger each day and lasts for one week what bite is it and?

Can't guess: Without more information. Best bet would be to ask around in your location as to which insect bites cause very large swellings. You my also be allergic. Use insect repellant. See a doctor if the lump stays around. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

As with...: ...Most things on the skin, a doctor needs to actually look at this to see what it is. It could be bites, or it could be an infection of the skin (something called impetigo). If it's getting worse and spreading, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I was in Peru and got an insect bite on my arm. It's been over a month and it still itches badly and I now have 3-4 blisters. OTC cream not helping?

I was in Peru and got an insect bite on my arm. It's been over a month and it still itches badly and I now have 3-4 blisters. OTC cream not helping?

Maybe not insect: Skin irritation can have many causes, it may be that it was actually something else, like oil from a plant that got on your skin. You want to make sure it isn't infected. Your doctor or a dermatologist would be able to help you narrow down the cause and prescribe stronger medicine to help with itching. Hope it gets better soon! ...Read more

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Itchy blackwounds all over body mainly hands and legs, bleed due to constant itching, nose and throat only itches. Blood reports clear is it insect bite?

Itchy blackwounds all over body mainly hands and legs, bleed due to constant itching, nose and throat only itches. Blood reports clear is it insect bite?

No: Best to see a dermatologist. You will have to run into a huge swarm of biting insects totally naked to get the whole body involved. ...Read more

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How can you stop itching and pain from an insect bite?

How can you stop itching and pain from an insect bite?

Insect bites: Oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will stop the itching. Topical benadryl, (diphenhydramine) calamine, hydrocortisone, roule gel, even mint toothpaste can help stop the itching and pain. ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to stop itching from insect bites?

Please give advice on how to stop itching from insect bites?

Itching: It is a cycle, the more your itch, the area of insect bite will get more inflammed and it will make you itch worst. Avoid itching as much as possible. Use otc oral anti-histamine or topical Hydrocortisone anti- itch cream. ...Read more

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Did anyone else found blasting insect bites with a hot shower stops itching?

Did anyone else found blasting insect bites with a hot shower stops itching?

Yes: The best thing I know for insect bites is an onion. Slice a fresh onion and rub the slice on the insect bite. It stops itching, reduces swelling, . ..And thus picking. Homeopathic apis mellifica can also help. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more