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Is an insect bite that turns into a hard lump normal?

Is an insect bite that turns into a hard lump normal?

Normal-No.Common-yes: Sounds like you have what is known as an insect bite granuloma. When a mosquito bites, for instance, the bug "vomits" into the skin--releasing a chemical which prevents the clotting of blood. This enables the mosquito to leisurely "sip" your blood until she is full. The body reacts to the "vomit" by often itching or turning red--even transforming into firm bump or granuloma. May last for months. ...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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I got an insect bite while I was outside and it formed a hard lump and it hurts to even the slightest touch. Is it harmful? What do I do?

I got an insect bite while I was outside and it formed a hard lump and it hurts to even the slightest touch. Is it harmful? What do I do?

Be checked: I am not sure when the bite occurred but if has been several days and it is painful to touch and swollen, you may have formed an abscess which may require drainage and possible antibiotics. Also make sure your tetanus is current. All the best. ...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?

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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Both my partner and i have hard lumps mainly under armpits .insect bites from camping 7days ago.more appearing. very sore.taking allergy relief?

Both my partner and i have hard lumps mainly under armpits .insect bites from camping 7days ago.more appearing. very sore.taking allergy relief?

Infection>: I am not concerned about the bites being infected when they become sore. Allergy pill would not work. See your doctor to find out if an antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more

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How to treat hardened lump from insect bite thats not going away. Its been for mode than 2 weeks. No pain. Stinger may be still inside. Help?

Drawing salve: For an insect bite slice an onion and rub the onion on the area...It definitely works when the bite is fresh. It can also draw out the stinger. If that does not work then use black drawing salve...That is very effective at drawing things out. Homeopathic silica may also help expel whatever is stuck in there. ...Read more

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Lump and bruise on knee, is this an insect bite?

Lump and bruise on knee, is this an insect bite?

Could be: Look for an entry point in your skin for the possibility of this being an insect bite. If no punctae site-may be a mild traumatic injury that you don't recall. Either way-things should improve over 1-2 weeks. If any pain/tenderness/redness continues to evolve-see doctor. ...Read more

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Went to florida now have a huge lump on arm really sore could it be a insect bite?

Could be: It could be an insect bite or a bacterial infection. Key to have it checked out especially if redness increases or there is red streaks along the arm. ...Read more

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18 yo daughter gets small recurring lump like an insect bite near her hip, close to where she has had shingles. Related to shingles?

18 yo daughter gets small recurring lump like an insect bite near her hip, close to where she has had shingles.  Related to shingles?

Complicated shingles: Without further information or a picture, a secondary bacterial infection (folliculitis) or dermatitis caused by topical treatment is suspected. It also raises the question if it was shingles to begin with. A family practitioner or an internist should be consulted first to obtain the proper diagnosis and treatment. A dermatologist may be needed. ...Read more

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Due to an insect bite, I have a very large lump on my leg (4 in by 3 in). When the skin is pulled, it feels a little sore. Should I be concerned?

Insect bite: How long ago? That is a large bite would f/u /w/ doc /urgent care may be infected and you may need antibiotics. Bites/ cuts injuries should heal and not persist. Consider benedryl 25 mg 2-3 x a day ( no driving afterward ) to relieve some swelling if due to inflammatory ...Read more

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Woke to find a single red blotch on left breast, no lump, itch. It first appeared 6 wks ago in the same place thought it was insect bite & it faded?

Woke to find a single red blotch on left breast, no lump, itch.  It first appeared 6 wks ago in the same place thought it was insect bite & it faded?

Too nonspecific: The description provided is too nonspecific to be diagnostic. If the blotch of redness persists or worsens, have your physician examine it. It could be from pressure or some nonspecific irritation if it quickly clears. ...Read more