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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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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