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Infected Insect Bites Rash On The Cheeks
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
Anti-itch med: If the blisters itch you can use an over the counter cortisone cream or Diphenhydramine on them per directions on tube. If they look slightly red and infected, apply some over the counter antibiotic if not allergic to it. If severely infected, see a doctor (either pcp or podiatrist). Try to not scratch at the bites. You can keep a bandage over them to deter scratching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bug Drug: Neosporin may help but can frequently cause a contact allergy itself. Bacitracin alone may be a safer choice. Bug bites vary depending on the insect. Many bites or stings can cause allergic reactions that may respond better to steroids such as Hydrocortisone or a stronger prescription strength. Likewise some can result in serious tissue infection that may require systemic antibiotics. ...Read more
Mosquito Bites: Recent research has shown that itching due to mosquito occurs through a histamine-independent peripheral pathway. See http://www.Rosslab.Neurobio.Pitt.Edu/mbi/. Mosquitoes have an anticoagulant in their saliva, so bruising is common. Get help if there are signs of infection. Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could be...: ...Although it sounds like you may be experiencing an allergic reaction - possibly hives. You may be allergic to the bites. You may want to start by taking otc benadryl (diphenhydramine). If you are experiencing breathing problems, this can be an anaphylaxis - an emergency...Go to the er then! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Chigger: I would recommend that you see someone to have the chigger bites treated. I would not have intercourse especially if they are painful ...Read more
Difficult to say...: Rashes are undeniably one of the most difficult diagnoses without some visual input. Bumps on the buttocks do not sound serious, but certainly seems bothersome. Best idea is to take your toddler to the pediatrician, or at least snap a photo on your phone to ask your pediatrician on the next office visit. Has there been a recent change in bath soap or diapers? Avoid baby wipes for now. ...Read more
No, if this is : Likely an allergic rxn. See dr. Bites may cause no sx's/signs except for 2 small points where skin was punctured. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. ...Read more
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