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Doctor insights on: Insect Bites Vs Bed Bug Bites

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I have red itchy marks on one side of my lower back which increase each morning and look like insect bites. Could this be bed bugs?

I have red itchy marks on one side of my lower back which increase each morning and look like insect bites. Could this be bed bugs?

Wouldn't anticipate : Bed bugs would only bite one particular area. Bites are usually in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. ...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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Insect bites, not healing possibly bed bugs post trip to Nepal. Tried all medical/medication advice, have over 100 on my torso, not improving?

Insect bites, not healing possibly bed bugs post trip to Nepal. Tried all medical/medication advice, have over 100 on my torso, not improving?

Big bites: Bed bug bites are usually self limiting and heal on their own in healthy patients. Cortisone creams or antihistamines may help with the symptoms. It could also be an active scabies infestation and there are very good over the counter soaps that you can purchase. A quick internet search and visit to your local pharmacy should be enough to rid yourself of this problem. If not, see your primary doc ...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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Can u tell me what kind of cream works for dark spot fade away from insect bites including with bedbug?

Can u tell me what kind of cream works for dark spot fade away from insect bites including with bedbug?

Dark spots: Dark spots after injury including insect bites is part of the healing process and should resolve on their own with time. Aatihistamine or topical steroid creams may help reduce the inflammation that ultimately ends up as the dark spot. Moisturizing, sunscreen and not scratching are the best ways to help color improve more rapidly. Bleaching creams may result in unwanted discoloration. ...Read more

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Could I have bed bug bites? Ok so its getting warm out and of course the insects are coming out, so i've noticed a few icthy bites on me and since i know i've come in contact with and visited the home of someone who has bedbugs I am really paranoid. Now i

Could I have bed bug bites? Ok so its getting warm out and of course the insects are coming out, so i've noticed a few icthy bites on me and since i know i've come in contact with and visited the home of someone who has bedbugs I am really paranoid. Now i

Hard to know: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. ...Read more

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Sythoms of bed bug bites?

Sythoms of bed bug bites?

Bed bugs: Itchy, punctated rash usually worse upon arising. ...Read more

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What are bed bug bites like?

What are bed bug bites like?

Bed bug bites may: Ause no sx's or signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there is a reaction, it may not show for several days after bed bug has bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions which are clear in center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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How do I treat bed bug bites?

How do I treat bed bug bites?

Bed bug bites: wash with soap and water, apply OTC anti itch cream, you might need an antihistaminic as well to help the itch, but might make you drowsy, so take it only if local treatment doesn't work, and try not to drive or operate machinery if drowsy ...Read more

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What do bed bug bites looklike?

What do bed bug bites looklike?

Here's a link: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-bedbugs.

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How do you treat bed bug bites?

How do you treat bed bug bites?

Bed bug bites: The bites themselves are not self-perpetuating and they do not spread, but they are sometimes extremely itchy. Antihistamines can be used for the itch, as well as topical creams like cortisone 10. If a person is very sensitive and the reactions are unusually severe, oral steroids could be used, but these are not often needed. http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm. ...Read more

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What do bed bug bites look like?

Bed Bugs: http://urbanentomology.tamu.edu/bedbugs/bedbugs.html.

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What does bed bug bites look like?

What does bed bug bites look like?

See below: Here you are for the bug, the bites create a red, swollen, warm area called a local reaction and can become infected like any other bite. Seek medical treatment if your are concerned about infection. ...Read more

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How do bed bug bites look in shower?

How do bed bug bites look in shower?

See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. Spiders often leave a pair of small puncture wound in the center of the area of the bite-this is a diff. ...Read more

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I have questions about bed bug bites.

I have questions about bed bug bites.

Bed bug bites: Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders,neck & legs. You can > ...Read more

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Do bed bug bites ooze and crust over?

Bed bug bites: They are not described as crusting and weeping but if you scratched bites enough you might develop a secondary infection. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from >. ...Read more

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What to do about these bed bug bites?

What to do about these bed bug bites?

Bed bugs: You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have bed bug bites help asap?

Well...: Here are some tell tale signs that your bites are being caused by bedbugs. First you may notice blood smears on your bedding (yes this is your blood). Second you may see amber colored “shells” which occurs when the bed bug sheds it's exoskeleton. A third sign of infestation is bug feces on your sheets (brown- black specks). The fourth sign can occur with a heavy infestations – an odor that is. ...Read more

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What does a bed bug bites look like usually?

Bites: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat bed bug bites?

What is the best way to treat bed bug bites?

Observation: Observation for possible secondary bacterial infection and an antihistamine for the itch and inflammation (if present). Also, over the counter strength Hydrocortisone (1%) may help reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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How could i best remove bed bug bites quick?

How could i best remove bed bug bites quick?

Bed bugs: You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation and treatment. You can use a professional exterminator. Declutter entire room. Place all junk in tightly sealed plastic & dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean >>. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how bed bug bites look like?

Can you tell me how bed bug bites look like?

Bed bug bites may: have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck & legs. ...Read more

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Help! can bed bug bites hurt rather than itch?

Bed bug bites may: Have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensite blisters may occur. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. The bite is usually >. ...Read more

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What medicine is recommended for bed bug bites?

What medicine is recommended for bed bug bites?

Bed Bugs: Oral or topical antihistamines for itchy bites. If you develop a skin infection from scratching bedbug bites, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Your best bet may be to hire a professional exterminator, who may use a combination of pesticides and nonchemical treatments. ...Read more

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Need on advice on how i can hide bed bug bites?

Need on advice on how i can hide bed bug bites?

You can use a: "cover up" concealer. You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation and treatment. But, you need to take care of the bed bug problem. Declutter entire bedroom/ home. Check this site for instructions: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/ place all junk in tightly sealed plastic &. ...Read more

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How can I tell if what I have are bed bug bites?

How can I tell if what I have are bed bug bites?

Find the bed bug: You can't be certain until you can trace the source of the bugs. This may include the headboard, mattress, box spring. Look for the brownish fecal deposit on the sheets especially in hotels. ...Read more

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What should I do if i think I have bed bug bites?

What should I do if i think I have bed bug bites?

Skin rashes: First, you need to make sure your suspicion is correct since many skin rashes may look like bed bug bites. A folliculitis, skin boil due to infections... Can look similar. If you actually see a bug that bite you, you should clean your bed, change the mattress / pillow and wash all linens in hot water to kill the bugs. You can apply otc cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream on the skin lesion to make it heal faster. ...Read more

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Can you explain how does bed bug bites look like?

Can you explain how does bed bug bites look like?

See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. ...Read more

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How do bed bug bites look like after you scratch?

How do bed bug bites look like after you scratch?

See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. After scratching, the area may scab over and ooze, especially if it becomes secondarily infected. ...Read more

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Bed bug bites with no bugs present, what could this be?

You normally don't: See bed bugs. Bed bug bites may
have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; >. ...Read more

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What does bed bug bites look like? Are they suppose to itch?

What does bed bug bites look like? Are they suppose to itch?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually>. ...Read more

Bed Bugs (Definition)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological ...Read more