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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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What do I do when my mosquito bites turn purple?

What do I do when my mosquito bites turn purple?

Nothing: Given a few days they will heal. If you control the itching you will not scratch so hard. Try Hydrocortisone rubbed in several times a day. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it bad if a mosquito bite turns purple?

Is it bad if a mosquito bite turns purple?

Normal: Mosquitoes have an anticoagulant in their saliva, so bruising is common. Get help if there are signs of infection. Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. ...Read more

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Why would my mosquito bite turn purple after a week of having it?

Why would my mosquito bite turn purple after a week of having it?

Mosquito Bite: http://www.rosslab.neurobio.pitt.edu/mbi/ I believe one reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin. Also - have you scratched it? ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why do my mosquito bites turn purple?

Purple: I believe a reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin. ...Read more

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Is it bad if mosquito bites turn purple?

Seems pretty common.: I believe one reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Litt
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I have two mosquito bites on my leg. They have been there for over 5 months and are red circles. When I stand for a while they turn purple. ?

I have two mosquito bites on my leg. They have been there for over 5 months and are red circles. When I stand for a while they turn purple. ?

MOSQUITO BITES LEG: MOST UNUSUAL TO HAVE MOSQUITO BITES FOR FIVE MONTHS. DO SEE YOUR PCP OR A DERMATOLOGIST SOON! MALE? FEMALE? AGE? MEDICATIONS YOU TAKE? BEST LUCK ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why has my mosquito bite turned purple?

Why has my mosquito bite turned purple?

Anticoagulant: Mosquitoes have an anticoagulant in their saliva, so bruising is common. Get help if there are signs of infection. Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld
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Why is my mosquito bite purple and hurts?

Why is my mosquito bite purple and hurts?

Sensitive skin: Some people react more to mosquito bite saliva, for genetic reasons. Blood under the skin, from the bite, will make it look more purple. Cool compresses can relieve the tenderness, and itching. ...Read more

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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Mosquito bite that turned purple and now getting larger?

Little critters : Most mosquito bites form red bumps due to local allergic reaction on the skin to the bite and go away in a few days without treatment. In sensitive skins, the reaction can be enhanced requiring OTC anti allergy medication like Benadryl cream or orally. If u see a white head appearing on the middle of red bump, it may indicate some infection/pus and may sign of infection due to scratching etc. ...Read more

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Mosquito bites turning purple, what's wrong?

It seems to be a: Common issue. I believe one reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin. Anticoagulants cause more bleeding. Bleeding leads to purple bruises. Take care. ...Read more

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