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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


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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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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
Once
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Why do my mosquito bites turn purple?

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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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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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 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?

Healing tissue.: After an inflammatory reaction, due to the insect bite in this case, sometimes the body forms what is called fibrous tissue and some calcium deposits in its attempt to heal the original body response. That usually stays permanently. ...Read more

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Just noticed, Small purple spots around a few day old mosquito bite, not itchy, on my outer thigh. Could this be from scratching?

Just noticed, Small purple spots around a few day old mosquito bite, not itchy, on my outer thigh. Could this be from scratching?

YES IT CAN BE: Yes it can be from itching or allergic reaction to the mosquito bite If not itching or painful it will clear up by itself otherwise consult your doctor ...Read more

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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

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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??

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??

See your MD: Hard to say for sure, but you may have bruised the area by scratching or rubbing. Have your doctor see you if not resolved one day. As long as you do not have any breathing problem or allergic findings, thee should be no problem. ...Read more

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