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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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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

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Insect Sting (Definition)

A insect sting results in an injection by a specifically designed structure of an organism and usually contains chemicals that can cause all sorts of responses, some toxic. Whereas a bite can also contain chemicals which cause all sorts of reactions but comes from the mouth parts which may be fangs or other teeth or large mandible components or simply be part of the ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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Dr. Samantha Maplethorpe
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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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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Dr. Philip Miller
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I have a small lump on my chin is it an insect bite ?

I have a small lump on my chin is it an insect bite
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Exam: cannot be answered here without a photo- get checked by your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Insect Bite (Definition)

Insect bites usually refer to a skin lesion from an insect bite. The insects are fire ants, honey bees ...Read more


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