mosquito bite turns purple

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Dr. David M. Liu answered:

Is it bad if a mosquito bite turns purple?

Possibly

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it is hard to tell without more information. how long has it been since you were bitten? is the bump warm and painful? you could either be having a reaction or a skin infection caused by the break in the skin from the bite. please see your primary care provider.
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Why do my mosquito bites turn purple?

Purple

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I believe a reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin.
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Is it bad if mosquito bites turn purple?

Seems pretty common.

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I believe one reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin
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What do I do when my mosquito bites turn purple?

Nothing

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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.
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Mosquito bites turning purple, what's wrong?

It seems to be a

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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.
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Dr. Candace Spann answered:

Why has my mosquito bite turned purple?

Scratching?

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Excessive scratching or rubbing can cause a mosquito bite to discolor further and look worse than it is. Try using an over the counter hydrocortisone or anti-itch preparation. Also, ice packs are great for calming itch without causing the damage your fingernails cause. If the bite continues to be a problem, see your dermatologist to be sure that it is, in fact, a bite.
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Should my "mosquito bite" last 2-3 weeks? It's the same size as it originally was, and just as itchy if not more. It's also gotten kinda purple.

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It sure sounds like it is time to get to your doctor or a skin specialist. This 'bite' may not in fact be a bit after all.
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How come my mosquito bites turn into bruises?

Anticoagulant

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I believe one reason that mosquito bites turn purple / bruise may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin.
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Is it normal for mosquito bites to look like bruises ?

That can occur.

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I believe one reason that mosquito bites turn purple may be that the female mosquito deposits saliva that contains anticoagulants in the skin
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What happens if a mosquito bites your eye?

Itching and swelling

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A mosquito bite around the eye may cause sifnificant swelling, itching & discomfort depending on your particular reaction to bites. The eye is prone to swell due to the laxity of the surrounding tissue. Use cold compresses, perhaps appropriately take an antihistamine like "Benadryl" & avoid scratching. Expect the eye to close in a severe case. If concerned, see PCP. Often more bark than bite!
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