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Tick Vs. Mosquito Bites
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can you tell if you've been bitten by a kissing bug? What's the difference between a kissing bug bite and a mosquito bite (appearance, sensation)?
R U Kidding: YOU cannot unless you catch the bug ...Read more
How can you tell the difference between chugged bites, flea bites, and bed bug bites? They are red bumps a little bigger than a typical mosquito bite. I have about 30 spread out over my body with most concentrated around my stomach and back. I live in a w
INSECT BITES: DOES IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO YOU WHICH INSECT IS CAUSING YOUR PROBLEM? SEE A DERMATOLOGIST TO GET RELIEF! ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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