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Can insect bites leave a bruised bump?

Can insect bites leave a bruised bump?

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 (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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Bruise 1 inch below insect bite, what is this?

Bruise 1 inch below insect bite, what is this?

Likely nothing: The insect bit you hard enough to puncture a few superficial capillaries (small blood vessels) which leaked into the skin and produced a bruise! ...Read more

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I have a bruise circling a insect bite, is this common?

I have a bruise circling a insect bite, is this common?

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

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Is there an insect bite that causes bruising?

Is there an insect bite that causes bruising?

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

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What do I do about an insect bite that caused bruising?

What do I do about an insect bite that caused bruising?

Not a big deal: If you are sure it's a bite and it's painless then I would not worry. ...Read more

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Bruising when I scratch around an insect bite, what's wrong?

Bruising when I scratch around an insect bite, what's wrong?

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

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I have an insect bite that looks like a bruise with a red dot in the middle. Should I be worried?

I have an insect bite that looks like a bruise with a red dot in the middle. Should I be worried?

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

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Treatment for insect bites with bruising?

Treatment for insect bites with bruising?

Bruising Insect Bite: There are a number of types of insects that cause bruising through bites such as spiders, bed bugs, ticks and mosquitoes as well as stings from wasps, bees or scorpions. Treatment can be topical cortisone for itching and redness and bio oil for bruises. ...Read more

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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

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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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I don't know if I have a bruise or an insect bite. Should I see a doctor?

I don't know if I have a bruise or an insect bite. Should I see a doctor?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Maybe not bites?: You could have had bites and now a reaction to the bites. But the other potential explanation is that you never had bites to begin with. This sounds like hives. See an allergist or your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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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 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?

Lupus: W/systemic lupus erythematosus you may have the lupus anticoagulant and a coagulopathic bleed get seen ASAP get a blood count coagulation tests and favor 5 Leiden mutation protein c and s screening and platelet count bring all meds good luck stay calm ...Read more

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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

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What can cause of intense itching on my legs that become bruised from scratching, mo sign of rash or insect bite?

What can cause of intense itching on my legs that become bruised from scratching, mo sign of rash or insect bite?

Circulation: You may have circulation problems, but there are lots of diseases that can cause itching. You should see your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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Should I seek treatment for this insect bite? Possible spider bite - 2 small marks 1/2" apart surrounded by large (4" diameter) red area.

See the MD: May be serious. See the dermatologist asap. If you are near deer populations, it may be deer tic bite. This can result in lyme disease which can be very serious. Get to md. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Don't squeeze: By squeezing you may cause additional inflammation. The concern would be for infection - given the redness and tenderness you report. If not improved, I would go see a physician to be evaluated to rule out something for serious. ...Read more

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Wife has a black dot on her shin surrounded by redness, and painful. Assume insect bite, do you think? How to treat 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

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How to get rid of an insect bite quickly, i.E over night?

How to get rid of an insect bite quickly, i.E over night?

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

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Do you pop insect bites?

Not a good idea: "popping" or pinching of insect bites does not speed up their resolution and may lead to scarring or infection. ...Read more

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How to stop insect bites from weeping?

How to stop insect bites from weeping?

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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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more