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I have 2 insect bites, 1 on my back 1 on my forearm, both swollen and itchy, i have had them for over 6 weeks now! Not painful at all?

I have 2 insect bites, 1 on my back 1 on my forearm, both swollen and itchy, i have had them for over 6 weeks now! Not painful at all?

Insect bites: BrendanC, 6 weeks seems like quite a long time for insect bites to heal, although this is possible if you are scratching them frequently which can delay healing. Mosquito or spider bites can take a while to heal and can often leave a small lump in the tissue with darkening of the skin which resolves over time. If you have increasing size, redness or pain, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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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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I have insect bites, they are like swollen like the size of half rollers, with a hole in the middle that leeks clear liquid?

I have insect bites, they are like swollen like the size of half rollers, with a hole in the middle that leeks clear liquid?

Insect bites usually: Have a central puncta (hole) which may leak fluid. Try ice to reduce swelling & calm itch. Use otc Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec (either can cause drowsiness) &/or Claritin to combat the reaction. Can also take zantac/axid/pepcid to block the other histamine receptors. Watch for signs of infection: heat, increased redness, more pain, pus, in which case, see doc. ...Read more

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Can insect bites on the neck cause swollen lymph gland?

Can insect bites on the neck cause swollen lymph gland?

Yes: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size.They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...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've had a few insect bites on my face for a week. Are swollen, not itchy, scabbed at the head and getting bigger but flatter. Headaches and mild pain?

I've had a few insect bites on my face for a week. Are swollen, not itchy, scabbed at the head and getting bigger but flatter. Headaches and mild pain?

Insect bites: If these are uncomplicated insect bites and not secondarily infected(surrounding redness), they should not cause headaches or pain and should heal in several more days. Have your physician examine you to be sure. ...Read more

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My daughter has an insect bite - it's red, swollen and painful - after 3 days, the initial bite site is bubbling up. What should we do to treat it?

My daughter has an insect bite - it's red, swollen and painful - after 3 days, the initial bite site is bubbling up. What should we do to treat it?

Infection: Mild itchiness and redness initially may be normal. However pain, progressive swelling, progressive redness with streaking, warmth are signs of infection. Warm washcloth multiple times daily dilates blood vessels allowing the ingress of white blood cells. See a physician as antibiotics may be indicated. ...Read more

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Insect bite on finger and arm. How should it be treated? Leaves large red swollen areas.

Ice, benadryl (diphenhydramine): Insect bites are often uncomfortable. They itch, but itching can lead to infection. I would try icing the involved area and over the counter benadryl (diphenhydramine). If things worsen, see your doctor to rule out a secondary infection. ...Read more