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Doctor insights on: Tick Vs. Mosquito Bites

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Mosquito Bite (Definition)

Mosquito bites usually are not very visible on skin unless there is an allergic reaction or an infection following the bite. Allergic reaction will cause a redness white an infection may ...Read more


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What is the difference between a tick bite and a mosquito bite?

What is the difference between a tick bite and a mosquito bite?

Ticks stay on...: ...For a long time (hours to days). Their bites are painless and itchless, and easily missed, especially if covered by hair. Mosquitoes, of course, bite once, fly away, and cause itchy bites. ...Read more

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I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.

I have a tick bite that is 5 days old. It's mildly tender, mildly itchy and looks like a large mosquito bite. I'm not in a Lyme disease region.

Tick borne illnesses: include many things besides just Lyme. However, most often, a local reaction to a tick bite is simply inflammation; an expanding, red area of tenderness can be cellulitis (a skin infection, often caused by staph bacteria). If it is worsening or you develop a fever, please seek medical attention for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Got bit by a tick yesterday. Have a small red itchy bump where the tick bit me (like a mosquito bite). Should I go see my doctor about it?

Got bit by a tick yesterday. Have a small red itchy bump where the tick bit me (like a mosquito bite). Should I go see my doctor about it?

Absolutely: because of the possibility of your getting Lyme disease , caused by bacteria transmitted by ticks. You may need diagnostic tests and antibiotics. Please schedule an appointment ASAP ...Read more

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One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye. Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

One of my wife's mosquito bites now resembles a target or bulls-eye.  Got it last night and she doesn't remember a tick but worried about Lyme disease?

Lyme: Since she had some type of bites, it is possible what she thinks is mosquito bites may possibly be something else. It is important to visit a Dermatologist who may be able to provide you a more accurate diagnosis as there are multiple causes for annular erythemas such as Tinea Corporis, Erythema Annulare Centrifigum, Erythema Gyratum Repens, Erythema (Chronicum) Migrans, Granuloma Annulare, etc. ...Read more

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Can you tell the difference between bug bites and mosquito bites? Is it possible?

Can you tell the difference between bug bites and mosquito bites? Is it possible?

Only some: The obvious answer is that if you have seen or killed the bug itself. You can probably tell whether a spider has bitten you or not since the bite is usually solitary and tends to spread, darken, and get infected over a day or so. On most occasions, it would be the environment where you get the bites which would provide the best clue. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between spider and mosquito bites?

How can you tell the difference between spider and mosquito bites?

This is difficult: This is hard to do without experience and training. Most insect bites are benign and will appear as red bumps, swollen, warm to the touch but not painful (except for the initial bite). Some bites or stings can be quite worrisome such as black widow or recluse bites (and in the southwest desert - scorpion stings) and some can some a total body allergic reaction. These need to be seen asap. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between chigger and mosquito bites?

How can you tell the difference between chigger and mosquito bites?

Chigger bites often: Have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Chigger bites usually heal on their own within one to two weeks. The itching from a mosquito bite starts right away & usually resolves w/in a few hrs. You may only have 1 mosquito bite or bites can be sporadically located. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between a wart and a mosquito bite?

How do you know the difference between a wart and a mosquito bite?

Skin: Warts usually do not itch, they are sharp and small. Mosquito bites itch, are temporary and are usually rounded and smooth. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a mosquito bite and poison oak?

Bite vs Dermatitis: Poison oak causes a linear reaction with itching and blistering that is termed allergic contact dermatitis. Mosquito bites are isolated small and itchy red bumps located on any part of the body. It is due to a bite from the mosquito. Called urticaria or hives. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a spider bite and a mosquito bite?

What are the differences between a spider bite and a mosquito bite?

Depends: Most spiders can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain but with itch like mosquitos, but others can cause more severe issues and these would be determined by the type of spider bite such as latrodectus - black widow genus or loxoceles - brown spider - (recluse) genus (in the usa). There are other problem species like hobo (tegenaria genus) and (cheiracanthium) too. ...Read more

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Can a mosquito bite cause two small holes?

Can a mosquito bite cause two small holes?

Unlikely: Mosquito probes are unlikely to cause even a single visible hole, but two are highly improbable. ...Read more

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How do I stop scratching my mosquito bites all over?

How do I stop scratching my mosquito bites all over?

Mosquito bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory effect. Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching. ...Read more

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What is a method at home i can do for mosquito bites?

What is a method at home i can do for mosquito bites?

Home remedies: Hello. Here are some ideas. Store aloe vera gel in the refrigerator and apply to affected area. Rub a basil leaf on the bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties effect. ...Read more