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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.