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Doctor insights on: Lupus And Insect Bites

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I have a large, itchy red and purple bruise on my leg. It started out small and light pink and I thought it was an insect bite. I have lupus too?

I have a large, itchy red and purple bruise on my leg. It started out small and light pink and I thought it was an insect bite. I have lupus too?

Lupus: W/systemic lupus erythematosus you may have the lupus anticoagulant and a coagulopathic bleed get seen ASAP get a blood count coagulation tests and favor 5 Leiden mutation protein c and s screening and platelet count bring all meds good luck stay calm ...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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Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Which insect bites in the u.S. Have parasites like they do in africa?

Parasites: Cockroaches frequently feed on human feces, and therefore they can disseminate cysts of enteric protozoans in the environment if such feces are contaminated (7, 16, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32). The important epidemiological role of cockroaches in transmission of intestinal entamoeba histolytica-associated amoebiasis was demonstrated in 1971 (25) and in giardiasis in 1981 (16). ...Read more

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Do you pop insect bites?

Do you pop insect bites?

Not a good idea: "popping" or pinching of insect bites does not speed up their resolution and may lead to scarring or infection. ...Read more

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How to stop insect bites from weeping?

How to stop insect bites from weeping?

Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more

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My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

My insect bites don't heal. What should I do?

Insect bites?: See a dermatologist to see if they are really insect bites and not something else. ...Read more

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Should I tan even though I have insect bites?

Yes, but: You really shouldn't. You run the risk of prematurely aging your skin as well as increased risk of skin cancers. ...Read more

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What is the transparent liquid coming from insect bites?

Usually...: ...This is due to allergy to insect saliva - skin can "weep" same as allergic nose, though not as much. ...Read more

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Could warm water help insect bites?

Unlikely: There are many ways to try to treat or soothe insect bites, but applying anything warm is not one of them. With most insect bites, there is a histamine release which causes itching and redness & anything warm will make this worse. Applying a cool compress, an OTC steroid cream (2 times a day) may help with this. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or another antihistamine may help with the itch. ...Read more

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What insect bites cause round welts?

Yes: Certainly possible. You should be able to see a dot representing the bite ...Read more

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Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

Can you have an allergy to insect bites?

See below: All insect bites can cause local reactions which include redness, swelling, warmth and itch and this is normal bit sometimes, a person can have what is called a "large local reaction" which is a very vigorous version of the local reaction but is not necessarily an "allergic reaction". Some people can be very allergic to bee stings which can cause anaphylaxis. As for other bites, it is possible. ...Read more

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Can I take amoxicillin for insect bites?

Can I take amoxicillin for insect bites?

Not indicated for it: Amoxicillin is not indicated for insect bites as it is an antibiotic, and indicated for infections, if insect bites get infected than it may be considered but not the best choice even for that. ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes be caused by insect bites?

Lymph Nodes: Regional lymph nodes may react to nearby insect bites ...Read more

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When do antibiotics kick in for insect bites?

When do antibiotics kick in for insect bites?

They don't: Antibiotics are not generally of any use for insect bites. They will self heal over several days to a week. If the bite were also infected, the speed of action would depend on the type of infection involved. ...Read more

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Is vinegar beneficial for treating insect bites?

Depends: For some types of stings which have an alkaline venom, vinegar might help reduce the symptoms by partially neutralizing the alkaline venom in the local area. For other stings, ones that have an acid component, the vinegar won't help. ...Read more

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Which pill can I take to get rid of insect bites?

Which pill can I take to get rid of insect bites?

Bites: For severe itchy and swollen reactions to insect bites such as mosquito bites, antihistamines such as zyrtec (cetirizine) or prescription Prednisone pills may be recommended by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What kind of insect bites itch & burn really bad?

What kind of insect bites itch & burn really bad?

Insect bites: Any insect bite can burn and itch but fire ants are the ones that probably are on the top of the list. You should seek medical care right away if this happens. ...Read more

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Does allegra (fexofenadine) work for insect bites?

Does allegra (fexofenadine) work for insect bites?

Allergy, yes: Allegra (fexofenadine) is an antihistamine that could help treat hives triggered by insect stings, but will likely have less effect on bug bites in my experience. ...Read more

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What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Skin test or blood: When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms from the bite. And the type of insect involved, if known...Depending on the insect, a series of simple scratch tests can be done, or sometimes a blood testis done first. It depends on your reaction history. ...Read more

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Is there a reason hot water feels so good on insect bites?

Masking: Hot water may cause irritation/burning sensation. Such nerve signals would mask the itching sensation from the bites. You feel good because you don't feel itching. ...Read more

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Which medicine or treatment for insect bites is most effective?

Baking soda paste: Make a poultice of baking soda and water (sticky consistency) apply to affected areas. ...Read more

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I got a few insect bites and now I have hives. What should I do?

I got a few insect bites and now I have hives. What should I do?

Ignore or treat: Hives due to insect bites should run their course in a few days. If verry itchy, local cold application can reduce the itch. If you don't plan to drive or operate machinery, otc benedryl capsules may help slow or reverse the process. If you get belly pain, cramps or experience any breathing difficulty seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How long can chigger (or other beach insect) bites take to manifest?

How long can chigger (or other beach insect) bites take to manifest?

Specific for chigger: Some people may begin to feel itching within a few hours of the chigger larvae's attachment. ...Read more

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Why and how does ammonia relieve the itch and pain from insect bites?

Why and how does ammonia relieve the itch and pain from insect bites?

Acids and bases: Ammonia is a base which can neutralize the acid found in many insect/ocean dwelling animal stings... Just some biochemistry in action. ...Read more

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Got some type of insect bites and are very red what insect bite is it?

Got some type of insect bites and are very red what insect bite is it?

Cellulitis: It would be impossible to tell which insect bites is that. Plus you don't see the insect so it is not necessary due to an insect bite. Cellulitis due to any reasons can looks like that red tender bump. Try using warm compress for about 30 minutes 4 times a day. If it does not improve or it gets worse, see a physician to see if abscess is formed and needed to be drained. ...Read more

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If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

Allergy: Lots of different meds can be used. Antihistamines are very common but stopping the medicine (or other thing) that causes the reaction is the first thing to do, if known. Topical and systemic steroids are also commonly used (orally or injected). ...Read more

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What do you use to calm and help soothe mosquito and other insect bites and stings?

Bites: Ice and Hydrocortisone cream will help reduce redness and swelling associated with mild insect bites and stings. If the condition worsens see a dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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I think I have some type of insect bites on my toes, I don't know what bit me though?

I think I have some type of insect bites on my toes, I don't know what bit me though?

Doesn't matter...: ...What bit you. Insect bites are insect bites; they are all treated the same way, usually with corticosteroid creams, plus an antibiotic if an infection should develop. Check your shoes, though, to make sure no insects have taken refuge inside them. ...Read more