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What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

Don't know what: Insect bit you but a bed bug can leave telltale sign of a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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 to calm/soothe large insect bites?

How to calm/soothe large insect bites?

Ice and cortisone: Apply cool compresses, cortisone cream and you can take an antihistamine. ...Read more

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Insect bite won't heal why?

Insect bite won't heal why?

That bites.: Depending on the critter, a cytotoxic protein may have been deposited in to the wound. These chemicals can certainly inhibit healing. Some are unstable when heat is applied. A wound that won't heal can certainly lead to potential problems. If this continues, have the bite evaluated. ...Read more

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Can insect bite eat away flesh?

Can insect bite eat away flesh?

Depends on bite: There are some insect bites that can cause necrosis (basically death of flesh). The most common example is the brown recluse spider. ...Read more

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What can I do for an insect bite?

It will heal.: My father used to say, "bite it back! " which wasn't particularly helpful. If it's only one bite, leave it alone, it will heal. If it gets red and sore, it might be getting infected; see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do for an insect bite?

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Clean it: For general insect bites, all you should do is to make sure the area is clean. If it is a documented spider bite or something else with significant venom, you may need to seek medical care. ...Read more

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Healing of scratched insect bites?

Healing of scratched insect bites?

Hygine: Keep clean and apply some neosporin to the bites and no picking or scratching them. If they get red, tender, hot to the touch, or oozing see your doctor as they may be infected. ...Read more

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How can you treat an insect bite?

Clean it: Washing the area with soap and water and keeping it clean and dry is usually enough. You can use a topical cream for itching such as cortisone or calamine if the bites are itchy. If a bee has stung you, remove the stinger by scraping the area with something firm like a credit card. See a doctor if you see worsening redness, warmth, or swelling - these can be signs of infection. ...Read more

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Could all insect bites have heads?

Not all: You don't always see a "head" with all insect bites, but usually you'll see something (small bump, punctate lesion, etc) in the middle of the area of redness or inflammation. ...Read more

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Are you meant to pop an insect bite?

Not usually: Once popped the skin integrity is broken and infection may occur more easily. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Insect bite?

The symptoms of Insect bite include:: Crackles in lungs, Fever, Itching, Muscle cramps, Nausea, Pale skin, Pustule, Difficulty breathing, Vomiting, Wheezing, Skin rash, Skin redness, Skin swelling, Blistering. ...Read more

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What can I do to cure an insect bite?

Time: Since I cannot see what your skin looks like after the insect bite I cannot give you adequate advice. If the skin is open you should clean it with saline and apply vaseline or aquaphor. If the skin is not open just be patient and any discoloration from the bug bite will fade slowly especially if it is on the lower legs. ...Read more

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Should I get my insect bite looked at?

Should I get my insect bite looked at?

Insect bite: If it is red and angry with any pus, yes. It also depends upon what bit you such as a tick or spider ...Read more

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Can you use neosporin on insect bites?

Acceptable: Most insect bites need nothing more that keeping clean. If the bites have been excoriated (scratched) the risk of infection rises and antibiotic ointment (e.g., neosporin) can be a part of risk management to reduce chances of infection. ...Read more

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What insect bite is in a circular pattern?

What insect bite is in a circular pattern?

See MD: The bite results in a circular reaction from the toxin and histamine reaction as an alarm reaction. Time will heal. ...Read more

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How long dark spots from insect bites last?

About 6 months: The post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots) after insect bites, acne pimples, etc. May last for about 6 months. You should use sunblock to prevent them from getting darker. ...Read more

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What kind of insect bite turns black and blue?

What kind of insect bite turns black and blue?

Spider bites: Sometimes spider bites will look very dark black or blue/purple. There are only 2 types of poisonous spiders in north america- the black widow and brown recluse. They usually cause flu like symptoms and severe pain. Most spiders are not dangerous, but keep the area clean to prevent infection. ...Read more

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What do I treat an insect bite with to stop itch?

What do I treat an insect bite with to stop itch?

Antihistamin steroid: Oral or topical antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine will take the sting away quickly but temporarily. The dosing will have to be repeated regularly to maintain effectiveness. Topical steroids such as Hydrocortisone will take a little longer to work but probably, ultimately, will be more effective. You can use both. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use neosporin to treat insect bites?

Is it okay to use neosporin to treat insect bites?

Sure, but....: It won't hurt anything, but it won't do much. Taking benedryl is better. Ice, topical anesthetics and calalmine lotion on the bite itself can also help. ...Read more

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What can I do to know if insect bites are infected?

Check for pus: Check inset bite site regularly for any signs of pus formation. Monitor for worsening pain, redness, tenderness and inflammation at bite site. Also look for fever or signs of systemic infection ...Read more

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How can I cure my hypersensitivity to insect bites?

How can I cure my hypersensitivity to insect bites?

Desensitization: Allergen desensitization does not work on all allergies--it is most effective with seasonal allergens, indoor allergens and insect bites. Insect bites from bees, red ants and wasps are treated with allergen desensitization. Allergen desensitization uses small amounts of the allergen the person is allergic to and injects the allergen into the individual's body. ...Read more

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What to do for an insect bite that is getting worse?

What to do for an insect bite that is getting worse?

See your doctor: See your doctor to confirm if it is infected and what medicine you might need for care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: insect bite?

Skin lesion - bites: Insect bites usually refer to a skin lesion from an insect bite. The insects are fire ants, honey bees hornets, jackets, and wasps. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to make insect bites less itchy?

I need some tips on how to make insect bites less itchy?

Several things: Applying baking soda paste, cortisone cream, antihistamines by mouth or on the skin, meat tenderizer applied to the bite quickly, are all tools to minimize itchiness of bites. Also using bug spray repellent to prevent bites is helpful. ...Read more