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I have an insect bite on my arm and I'm not sure what it is. What should I do?

I have an insect bite on my arm and I'm not sure what it is. What should I do?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...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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Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Yes: Some can. This is called an arthus reaction and represents the release of chemicals into the local blood vessels that trigger swelling. ...Read more

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I have a redness on my arm that is itchy &hot& turned abit hard. I thought it's from some insect bite but now that is hard im worried. Wat should I do?

I have a redness on my arm that is itchy &hot& turned abit hard.
I thought it's from some insect bite but now that is hard im worried.
Wat should I do?

Evaluation: Because of the persistence of this lesion and now it's getting hard I would highly recommend that you see skin doctor to evaluate it. He could be something as simple as the plugged sebaceous cyst to a foreign body or even and embedded parasite. A proper evaluation and possible biopsy needs to be done ...Read more

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Red bumps on arm — insect bites?

Red bumps on arm — insect bites?

Hard to tell...: Hard to tell without looking. But if they are, remember: scattered are likely mosquitos; chains or clusters suspicious for bedbugs. ...Read more

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Possible insect bite that appeared w/red ring around it yesterday. The ring is not raised. Pain at site on right shoulder & tingling today. Help?

Possible insect bite that appeared w/red ring around it yesterday. The ring is not raised. Pain at site on right shoulder & tingling today. Help?

Needs evaluation: I think it would be very important for a medical professional to look at this to help determine 'what' it is... Sometimes an insect bite can become secondarily infected — so this redness needs to be properly evaluated. Could this bug bite have been from a tick? There are certain tick borne diseases as well that one needs to be on the look out for. An Infectious Diseases doc is specialized for that ...Read more

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Insect bite on finger and arm. How should it be treated? Leaves large red swollen areas.

Insect bite on finger and arm. How should it be treated? Leaves large red swollen areas.

Ice, benadryl (diphenhydramine): Insect bites are often uncomfortable. They itch, but itching can lead to infection. I would try icing the involved area and over the counter benadryl (diphenhydramine). If things worsen, see your doctor to rule out a secondary infection. ...Read more

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My daughter has an insect bite on each arm that has big blisters in the middle. what must i put on.

My daughter has an insect bite on each arm that has big blisters in the middle. what must i put on.

First aid cream: Whatever first aid cream you may have in the house. Will likely need oral antibiotics. May also have an allergy to the sting. An antihistamine like diphenhydramine may stop the swelling. Ice compresses maybe helpful. Bee stings and other insect bites usually get infected quickly. ...Read more

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

Went to florida now have a huge lump on arm really sore could it be an 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 are red streaks along the arm. ...Read more

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I was in Peru and got an insect bite on my arm. It's been over a month and it still itches badly and I now have 3-4 blisters. OTC cream not helping?

I was in Peru and got an insect bite on my arm. It's been over a month and it still itches badly and I now have 3-4 blisters. OTC cream not helping?

Maybe not insect: Skin irritation can have many causes, it may be that it was actually something else, like oil from a plant that got on your skin. You want to make sure it isn't infected. Your doctor or a dermatologist would be able to help you narrow down the cause and prescribe stronger medicine to help with itching. Hope it gets better soon! ...Read more

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This weekend have about 15 raised round red spots mostly on upper back side of each arm that look like insect bites. Not bed bugs. How can this be?

This weekend have about 15 raised round red spots mostly on upper back side of each arm that look like insect bites. Not bed bugs. How can this be?

Cannot say: Do the lesions itch burn or hurt. That makes a difference. You should see a dermatologist to determine what they are. ...Read more

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Spider/Insect bite on inner arm that hasn't healed. No fever or appetite loss, or anything, but a big red bump still. How long should it take to heal?

Spider/Insect bite on inner arm that hasn't healed. No fever or appetite loss, or anything, but a big red bump still. How long should it take to heal?

5-10 days: Most insect bites completely heal in days. Chigger bites may take more than 2 weeks to resolve. Reasons to see a doctor would be ulceration, significant pain, drainage from the bite site or fever ...Read more

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I have a couple red circle bumps on my arm in ankle it non-stop itching is it insect bite or a rash?

I have a couple red circle bumps on my arm in ankle it non-stop itching is it insect bite or a rash?

Like all rashes...: Like all rashes it needs to be seen to be properly diagnosed. However, given the season and your description, they're probably bug bites. If the problem persists or worsens, have your doctor look at it. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of deep dark old scars caused by scabs and insect bites etc. I have tried everything it's all over my buttock and arms etc. Plz help!

Protect skin: This can be a difficult problem to fix. Some find products such as Mederma to be helpful. In general, keeping those areas well-moisturized and protected from the sun may improve the appearance. It can take months to know if you are improving, but persistence can pay off. Another option is to see a dermatologist. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I have developed small blisters on my hand and now have pain and swelling thought my arm Has happened once before, but thought was from an insect bite?

I have developed small blisters on my hand and now have pain and swelling thought my arm Has happened once before, but thought was from an insect bite?

See a doctor: See a doctor; it could be allergy, contact, or other kind, could be eczema, or it could be reaction to insect, no way to predict. See a doctor who will evaluate you & either assure you or treat you.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have itchy arms and legs at night before sleep, but not when I lie in my bed in the mornings or evenings, no bumps or insect bites, what can it be?

I have itchy arms and legs at night before sleep, but not when I lie in my bed in the mornings or evenings, no bumps or insect bites, what can it be?

Itchy: Do you have dry skin? This is one cause. Occasionally itchiness develops at night when the body temperature rises. You can prevent this by taking benadryl(may make you drowsy) or Claritin (loratadine). Overactive thyroid or polycythemia(excess red blood cells) are rarer causes. Your physician can evaluate you and order any appropriate tests. ...Read more

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There are little red itchy bumps on my arms and left leg that look like insect bites but appear out of no where and burn under warm water. Any ideas?

Possible: Some people can get a "heat rash" that worsens when the skin is hot and usually gets better when cooled. However, to really be certain you should have this problem examined. ...Read more

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I have 2 insect bites, 1 on my back 1 on my forearm, both swollen and itchy, i have had them for over 6 weeks now! Not painful at all?

Insect bites: BrendanC,

6 weeks seems like quite a long time for insect bites to heal, although this is possible if you are scratching them frequently which can delay healing. Mosquito or spider bites can take a while to heal and can often leave a small lump in the tissue with darkening of the skin which resolves over time. If you have increasing size, redness or pain, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 6 yr old has what looks like an insect bite on inside of his elbow. He got this camping two weeks ago. It is still red, how long should it be red?

Not this long: Do you know what type of insect?? Is it possible it was a tic and this could be the skin lesion of Lyme disease? In any event, it's time to have your pediatrician peek at the redness and see if infection or other type of reaction that would initiate further investigation. Should not be red two weeks later! ...Read more

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Tingling (Definition)

Tingling is a pins and needle like sensation anywhere on the body. May also be termed paresthesia. Can experience when elbow is bumped (funny bone), or even from frostbite. On its own, unlikely significant but may be part of nerve pathology from ...Read more