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Doctor insights on: Itchy Bug Bites On Legs

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I had a small itchy bug bite on my leg that turned into a half dollar sized bruise. the bruise is still visible over 4 weeks later should I be concern?

I had a small itchy bug bite on my leg that turned into a half dollar sized bruise. the bruise is still visible over 4 weeks later should I be concern?

Possibly but: The bruise will likely go away in a couple of weeks. However if you live in areas where Lyme disease (carried by a deer tick) is endemic, see your doctor. ...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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I have big red itchy bumps on the back of my legs . What could it be other than bug bites?

I have big red itchy bumps on the back of my legs . What could it be other than bug bites?

Hives: These may be hives, insect bites or an allergic reaction to something that comes in contact with your legs. Hives clear in a day whereas the other two last days. Antihistamines should help in any case. ...Read more

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I have a rash that almost looks like bug bites that started on my legs but seems to be spreading and very itchy and painful any thoughts as what it is?

I have a rash that almost looks like bug bites that started on my legs but seems to be spreading and very itchy and painful any thoughts as what it is?

Rash: This rash could be hives or irritation from shaving (most common), when from shaving it is usually when you use a razor with more than 2 blades and try to get a close shave. If hives they only last in each spot for less than a day.
Need to see and md for best advice. Can take benadryl/use calamine and stop shaving for awhile. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps appear often (mostly arm/leg/back), can be goosebump-like or can get as large as bug bites. Disappears in a few hours. Usually not red.

Itchy bumps appear often (mostly arm/leg/back), can be goosebump-like or can get as large as bug bites. Disappears in a few hours. Usually not red.

Hives / urticaria : Usually, itchy bumps are urticaria, or hives. They go away in a few hours and the skin looks normal . They are white in the bump area and usually it is pink around the outside. The bumps are called wheals and the areas around them are called flares. If you don't have ANY redness anywhere, it may be eczema or something else. Antihistamines like zyrtec, Allegra or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help the itch. See a doc! ...Read more

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I have bug bites that are on my legs arms and chest. Very itchy at night. I feel the bite and get red bumps right after. Scabies?

I have bug bites that are on my legs arms and chest. Very itchy at night. I feel the bite and get red bumps right after. Scabies?

Exposed?: Usually, you will know if you've been exposed to someone with scabies, they will have a persistent itchy rash. Could also be flea bites or bedbugs. See your doctor and get checked. In the meantime, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tablets and cortisone cream can help the itching. Good luck! ...Read more

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My son has developed raised itchy bumps on his arms and legs over the last 2 days they resemble bug bites however they completely cover his extremities he does not have any on his neck face back or chest the bumps are small reddish in color and have a tin

My son has developed raised itchy bumps on his arms and legs over the last 2 days they resemble bug bites however they completely cover his extremities he does not have any on his neck face back or chest the bumps are small reddish in color and have a tin

Contact rash: With the limited information: he is itchy and the rash is not infected or sore. He sounds otherwise normal. His rash may be a contact allergic rash. A trial of antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec may be indicated with cool compresses/soaks and topical anti-itch creams/lotions like calamine/caladryl/1% hydrocortisone. If he appear more "ill" and uncomfortable, see your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have a painful rash mostly on my buttocks & on my back under my bra band. I do have a few spots on my arms & legs aswell. They look like bug bites but are more sore than itchy. Not sure what may have caused them. I'm having a hard time finding infor

I have a painful rash mostly on my buttocks & on my back under my bra band.  I do have a few spots on my arms & legs aswell.  They look like bug bites but are more sore than itchy.  Not sure what may have caused them.  I'm having a hard time finding infor

Needs to be checked: It needs to be evaluated as the spots are persisting.Have you used any cream or ointment.See your doctor or a dermatologist
it could be a bug bites, skin infection like impetigo, sometimes the bug bites get infected as well. ...Read more

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Had bed bug bites on hands feet legs arms. very itchy till i may bleed and are now turning a little rashy and look a little like eczema. help?

Had bed bug bites on hands feet legs arms. very itchy till i may bleed and are now turning a little rashy and look a little like eczema. help?

Very common: Very common reaction to insect bites especially bedbug bites. Itching as you found out may cause bleeding and subsequent infection. You must get to see your family physician and/or a dermatologist to obtain medication and how to prevent recurrence of the insect invasion. Otherwise you will be one very unhappy person ...Read more

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Is this bed bug bites? I have 3, non itchy, bites in a line on my ankle.

Is this bed bug bites? I have 3, non itchy, bites in a line on my ankle.

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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My girlfriend has callouses on her ankle that resulted from bug bites during a camping trip. They are very itchy and are not going away.

My girlfriend has callouses on her ankle that resulted from bug bites during a camping trip. They are very itchy and are not going away.

You don't get : Callouses from bug bites. Callouses come from friction. Have her see a doctor to evaluate the problem. ...Read more

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Small itchy rash on calf, not sure if it could be bug bites, poision ivy, herpes (history of genital herpes), or something else.

Small itchy rash on calf, not sure if it could be bug bites, poision ivy, herpes (history of genital herpes), or something else.

?: Any itchy skin rash can be caused by many things but I suspect that a single itchy lesion on the calf is more likely from a bug bite. Try topical hydrocortisone on it to see if it helps. If not getting better after a week , see doctor. ...Read more

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I have itchy spots on the crease of crease in the back of my leg what can it be other than insect bites?

I have itchy spots on the crease of crease in the back of my leg what can it be other than insect bites?

Hard to tell: Itchy spots in creases can be caused by a variety of things. Some things could be an allergic reaction to something your skin has come in contact with, a fungus, scabies, shingles are a few causes. Rashes are very hard to diagnose without looking at. If someone has a rash it would be best to go in to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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On holiday in turkey and my leg is developing burn like rashes that were originally insect bites. They are not itchy or painful to touch, just ugly.

OK,...: Tough to know what this exactly without an exam. Sounds like a progression of the healing process, and hopefully you will not acquire scars form the bites moving forward. Try no to itch them or pick at them as that wold increase risk of infection and scarring. See Dr. if you feel they are not improving. ...Read more

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So I know I'm allergic to insect bites and thats what started my legs to itch but it's been over a week and now I'm excessively itchy and have bruises?

Maybe not bites?: you could have had bites and now a reaction to the bites. But the other potential explanation is that you never had bites to begin with. This sounds like hives. See an allergist or your primary care doctor. ...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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Real itchy a lot like all over my arms. Could this be bug bites?

Possible but: It has multiple potential answers. Perhaps adding a photo would help us to give you a better answer. ...Read more

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Can you recommend a remedy for itchy red welts that turn into bug bites?

Can you recommend a remedy for itchy red welts that turn into bug bites?

? Urticaria: and could chronic if that has been going on for sometime, please see an allergist, if not, could be just acute urticaria and will go on its own, OTC antihistaminic, unless contraindicated, would help in the interim, good luck ...Read more

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I hate huge hard swelling itchy bug bites on my arm, what do I do? Should I cut it open?

I hate huge hard swelling itchy bug bites on my arm, what do I do? Should I cut it open?

No: If there is pus present, see your doctor ASAP. If it is just a reaction to the bug bite, it will resolve with time but cutting it will only make you more likely to develop an infection. Hydrocortisone cream may help. ...Read more

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I have 4 bug bites and they keep getting hard and leaking a liquid. They are very itchy but they hurt too. ?

Need medical exam: If you have skin breakdown, you will likely need antibiotics to help you heal this area. You can try to wash with warm water and apply local antibiotics(over the counter neosporin)) but it may not be successful. Best to go see your doctor for it. ...Read more

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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?

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