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Insect Bite Surrounded By Bruise
Yes: Certain insects, when they sting or bite, actually inject an anticoagulant material into the area so the blood flows to them more easily. This can lead to leaving a bruise in the area after the bite/sting. Best thing is cold compress or even ice pack initially, then after a few days switch to warm packs to help bruise resolve. ...Read more
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
Very common: Many insects inject a small amount of anticoagulant into their bits so they can suck out blood more easily before it clots. This causes some minor local bleeding at the bite site, and thus the bruise around the area. No big deal - it will go away in a few days like any other bruise. ...Read more
Agree w Dr. Maes: Insects whose bites or stings may cause bruising include: Horseflies, Deer flies, mosquitoes, wasps, bees, scorpions, Black Widow spiders, Hobo Spiders, Brown Recluse Spiders, ticks. In some, this can evolve into more sinister lesions. ...Read more
Not a big deal: If you are sure it's a bite and it's painless then I would not worry. ...Read more
Insect bite bruise: Insects often inject a tiny little bit of anti-coagulant 'venom' into the area when they bite you so it is easier for them to suck your blood. This causes a tiny little bruising right in the area as the blood doesn't clot back up as easily, and thus the brusie with scratching. Nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Watch: Watch it for signs of infection with increasing redness and swelling. Watch it for worsening skin darkening or skin ulceration, which can be a sign of a brown recluse spider bite. Do you know what bit you? Depending on where you live, lime disease or other transmitted disease could occur. Most of the time these resolve in a few days. See your doctor if you develop an illness or other concern. ...Read more
I have horseshoe size bruise/swelling that appeared on top of spine. I didn't do anything too physical and it's not an insect bite?
See doctor: If there is no trauma or insect bite, you need to ask your doctor to take a look at it since the area involved is sizable. ...Read more
Many: I would see your doctor to confirm the insect bite and treat accordingly. ...Read more
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
Is it troubling you?: Regardless if it is a bruise or an insect bite, if the lesion is troubling you (uncomfortable, painful, unusually itchy, red or swelling) or has remained a bother for an extended period of time then this warrants an evaluation by your local physician. Bruises or insect bites tend to be rather transient and provide a nuisance temporarily--yet your situation seems to have been more persistent. ...Read more
I had a blister on lower leg that I popped, now has a bruise on both sides. Bruise darker in middle. Could it be insect bite and what do I need to do?
Advice: It is tough to give advice over the computer without a diagnosis of what the area is. It is best for you to have it examined, and then thee treatment will follow specifically related to the actual diagnosis. Best wishes. ...Read more
So I know I'm allergic to insect bites and that's what started my legs to itch but it's been over a week and now I'm excessively itchy and have bruises?
Is there any tick or insect bite that can result in a quarter shaped rash on the shin that looks like bruise but isn't raised or painful?
Bite: Need to have that looked at by your doc. ...Read more
I have a large, itchy red and purple bruise on my leg. It started out small and light pink and I thought it was an insect bite. I have lupus too?
I've a rash that looks like insect bites (around 70) mainly on my torso (both sides). Feels like bruises, very tender, aching under them. Any ideas?!
Dermatologist: That would be a huge amount of insect bites and you would have noticed them long before 70 occurred. Tenderness and aching are also unusual features. I recommend a consultation with a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. A viral illness like pityriasis rosea could be present. ...Read more
What can cause of intense itching on my legs that become bruised from scratching, mo sign of rash or insect bite?
Very small purple bruises like blood spots on back of knee, quite itchy. Could it be an insect bite as I have been cutting in bushes?
Itchy spots: It could be but if symptoms persist or worsen get examined ...Read more
I found a bruise on my left breast which has been itch for some time and their seems to be a slightly raised almost insect bite like lump?
Woke up with an insect bite on my inner thigh. Two itchy bumps with bruising around them. Should I see a doctor. Can't see the puncture marks.
Insect bites: Generally speaking there is no need to see a physician for most insect bites. However if there is significant pain at the site or if you start experiencing other body aches/muscle spasms, or if the bite itself starts to ooze or if the bruising starts getting really dark then I would definitely get it checked out. ...Read more
I have a rash that has suddenly started on my leg. Intially I thought it was a insect bite. It is gone about a week and the rash seems to be spreading. I did experience other rashes and brusies for a week on other parts of my body which has gone away
Unfortunately it: Is impossible to diagnose rashes over the internet because we cannot examine you. You will need to see a health care provider for an examination. ...Read more
I woke up this morning and seen I had 8 red dots on my leg that appear to be insect bites, my surrounding leg is turning a bit purple?
Insect bites: Could be "bites" from any insect. Typically, bedbugs leave 3 distinct bites in a row - called "breakfast/lunch/dinner bites." You should be concerned if the "bite" marks are progressing/enlarging - suggestive of an infection, allergic reaction, or bite with a "hemolytic" reaction (worse case scenario would be a "flesh-eating" bacterial infection). If so, see your doctor immediately. ...Read more
I just noticed what looks like an insect bite on my face. A small dot, a white patch surrounding it then a big red ring around it. What is it?
Insect bite: Sounds like an insect bite. Get it looked at ASAP, as it may be a deer tic bite and you would be at risk for Lyme disease. Go to the nearest urgent care facility or your family MD or the ER for evaluation and tx options. Take a picture of it now for comparison later. The red ring is a concern and makes it more urgent. Good Luck. ...Read more
Suspect insect bite a small white bump appears on top of a small bump the surrounding area is reddish 1inch sore painful to touch should I squeeze it?
Wife has a black dot on her shin surrounded by redness, and painful. Assume insect bite, do you think? How to treat it?
Rash: Better to have it seen. It may be a spider bite or it may have become infected. Most bites are itchy, not painful. All the best. ...Read more
No: Why would you feel the need to get rid of it so quickly when it will resolved itself over a few days? ...Read more
Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more
Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)
Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more
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