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Mosquito Bite Turns Purple
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 (diphenhydramine) 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
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.
Skin issues: 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. ...Read more
Yes: This often follows an unusually large reaction and will subside in a couple of weeks although it may leave a slightly yellowish mark which too will go away in a few weeks. ...Read more
I had a mosquito bite on my elbow when I was a toddler and it left a purple mark. Over 14 years later and it's still there. What could it be?
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
I woke up with what looked like slightly bigger mosquito bites all over my leg now there purple but it's October I live in new York it's cold?
May not be due to: Mosquitoes. This one may require an in-person assessment to accurately diagnose. Take care. ...Read more
I woke up with what looks like a lot of slightly bigger then normal mosquito bites now they are purple and itch a lot thet are all over my leg a shoulder but my thing is its October and cold would it be a mosquito bite?
You didn't tell us: Where you live? Can re-ask and provide us that piece of info. Are you in a warm climate? ...Read more
I have 2 bug bites on my inner thigh. I assumed they were mosquito bites because they itch really bad. Now they have turned purple, gotten bigger and still itch. Nothing like this has happened to me before. Should I be concerned?
Just noticed, Small purple spots around a few day old mosquito bite, not itchy, on my outer thigh. Could this be from scratching?
I have a mosquito bite on my leg and it looked normal and now it's larger and red with some purple dots (doesn't look normal). Is it infected?
That's possible: If it gets worse instead of better - more red, warm or tender, then it could be infected. You should see your doctor. ...Read more
I had a bug bite and thought it was a mosquito bite. I put on some rubbing alcohol and tea tree oil on it and in the morning it was purple. Am I ok??
A mosquito bite resulted in an allergic reaction of 4" red bump with 3" darkred center that's turning purple. Is that normal for an allergic reaction?
I am getting big purple bruises around my mosquito bites as well as hives are developing around them. Is this a severe concern?
Daughter has mosquito bites, and they are turning purple? Could this be a sign of west nile? She is also having bad headaches and body aches.
Response: The purple coloration in area of bites is more consistent with local bruising, perhaps made worse by scratching. If she has a fever, and starting to get generally sick, she could have an infection. N.B., most West Nile infections are usually clinically silent, and the vast majority of others are flu-like. It is rare that a full-blown brain infection occurs, in healthy children. ...Read more
I had a what looked like a couple standard mosquito bites on my legs after running then they turned reddish/purple after a couple days. Should I worry?
After lots of itching what seems like small blood spots show up under my skin. They are flat and dark purplish. Size: pin dots to small mosquito bites?
Have 100's of mosquito bites everywhere on body. How long will it take for them to stop itching and go away?
Mosquito Bites: Baking soda mixed with a little water then placed on the bite area is a cheap and effective way to help reduce the itching. There is a product call Ben's Afterbite that makes it easy to apply. You could also use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Hydrocortisone cream but given the bites are extensive, I would hesitate to place this amount cream all over your body. It can sometimes take days for the itching to stop. ...Read more
VERY, VERY HIGH: "anopheles quadrimaculatus" is the most important species in the eastern United States regarding malaria transmission. In the western United States, it's "anopheles freeborni"."anopheles punctipennis" found in the contiguous U.S. States- however, it is not the natural vector of malaria. ...Read more