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Can an insect bite cause itching and numbness?

Can an insect bite cause itching and numbness?

YES: A lot of time itching, redness, rash, swelling of the area, sometimes with numbness. Itching/scratching makes it worse. Wash the area with soap and water, apply otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream / itch-x or alike; can take oral anti-itch medicine like Diphenhydramine (benadryl), loratidine (claritine), etc. Cold compress helps itching some. ...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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What insect bite causes feet to swell?

What insect bite causes feet to swell?

Any: Insect bite can cause swelling especially if you are allergic. Get it looked at and elevate as well. ...Read more

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Rash like mosquitoe bite, itchy and pink?

Rash like mosquitoe bite, itchy and pink?

Must be seen: Try over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone cream - apply a thin layer am/pm. If not improved in 5 days call your private physician. ...Read more

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Healing of scratched insect bites?

Healing of scratched insect bites?

Hygine: Keep clean and apply some neosporin to the bites and no picking or scratching them. If they get red, tender, hot to the touch, or oozing see your doctor as they may be infected. ...Read more

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What bug bites cause itching welts?

What bug bites cause itching welts?

Lots of bugs: Most insect bites cause local inflammatory reactions like itching and welts that are mild and resolve within a few hours without complications. Of course bee stings and cause more severe local and systemic reactions if you are allergic but any biting bug could cause a localized response. Mosquito bites are common culprits. Ticks, flies, and fleas are also implicated. ...Read more

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Can insect bite cause anaphylaxis?

Can insect bite cause anaphylaxis?

Yes, but...: ...It's unusual. It's more common from stings, due to bees, wasps, hornets, and some species of ants, because they inject a venom that some people are very allergic to. Susceptible individuals carry an "epi-pen" - an injectible cartridge of epinephrine, which counteracts the anaphylactic reaction. And they never forget to apply insect repellent when they go outside. ...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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Are dust allergies related to bug bites or spider bites?

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Are dust allergies related to bug bites or spider bites?

No: However the venom of bugs can render you allergic to it. ...Read more

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Bug bite or sting? Big bruise spreading

Bug bite or sting? Big bruise spreading

Hard to know: Bruising is common with mosquito stings.Right after being bitten by a mosquito you may develop a soft white bump than later transitions into a hard, brown (reddish-brown) or a blister or bruising. There may be itching & swelling around the lesion. ...Read more

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Could it be an allergic reaction from mosquitoe bites that the bites turn in to big swollen welts?

Could it be an allergic reaction from mosquitoe bites that the bites turn in to big swollen welts?

Yes and no: Most people get a local allergic reaction to mosquitoes. This will lead to a large area of redness. Some people are more allergic than others, so those people get even worse rashes and reactions. There are some lucky people who are not allergic at all. So while it is an allergic reaction, there is usually nothing dangerous about it. Oral antihistamines might help. ...Read more

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Can mosquito bites cause fever?

Can mosquito bites cause fever?

No: Mosquito bites, by themselves, should not cause fever. Bites become "inflamed" commonly (not infected) and can be red and a bit swollen, but again no fever. True "infection" is quite uncommon. That said, mosquitoes, in certain parts of the world, can transmit all kinds of infections which can cause fever: malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, are all spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. ...Read more

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Fly and mosquito allergies: can the bites from them cause fevers?

Fly and mosquito allergies: can the bites from them cause fevers?

Insect bite allergy: Insect bite allergy does not cause fever. However insects can act as vector to carry different pathogens and can transmit those when it bite you. Several diseases can be caused by insect bite can make you have a fever e.g. Dengue fever, malaria, west nile encephalitis... Fly can carry bacteria and cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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What insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain?

What insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain?

See details: Numerous insects can cause some degree of these symptoms, especially tick bites and spider bites. ...Read more

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What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites, hives or bed bug bites?

What's the definitive way to determine if these itchy bumps are mosquito bites, hives or bed bug bites?

Can be tricky: There are differences btwn mosquitoes & bed bugs. Mosquitoes usually aren't out when it's really cold & they are often found outside in wooded areas. Bug beds live inside & thus are not impacted by the temperature. The itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs. Bed bug bites may not itch but when they do it might take up to several days for this to occur. You. ...Read more

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How are bedbug bites and spider bites different?

How are bedbug bites and spider bites different?

Bed bugs vs spiders: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to >. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more