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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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Can very dry skin cause red itchy bumps that look like bug bites? I'm getting sporadic red itchy bumps on face it's very dry and itchy!

Can very dry skin cause red itchy bumps that look like bug bites? I'm getting sporadic red itchy bumps on face it's very dry and itchy!

Yes: Skin that is very dry can develop irritation. The best treatment would probably be to use a cream that is both an exfoliant and emollient. I generally recommend either a lactic or a glycolic acid cream to help get rid of the dry, rough skin. http://www.OmahaCosmeticSurgery.com ...Read more

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I woke up with itchy red bumps on my arms and stomach. They look like bug bites. What is it?

I woke up with itchy red bumps on my arms and stomach. They look like bug bites. What is it?

May be insect bites: You may have bed bugs, in which you may have to be treated appropriately. Allergy is a possibility as well as some other diseases. However, if you have no other symptoms, the first diagnosis to exclude would be bed bugs. ...Read more

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What do the rashes look like if someone has been infected with hiv? Are they small red bumps that look like insect bites that itch?

What do the rashes look like if someone has been infected with hiv? Are they small red bumps that look like insect bites that itch?

Variable: Hiv is a viral infection. Some people get a rash from the virus itself, some get rashes from the medications used to treat it, and some get rashes from other infections if the HIV is untreated. Like most viral infections, it can give pink dots all over which can run together. ...Read more

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I have three huge red bumps on the back of my thighs. They are very painful and are hot to touch. What would they be? Are they just bug bites?

I have three huge red bumps on the back of my thighs. They are very painful and are hot to touch. What would they be? Are they just bug bites?

Inflammed bumps: Could be bites but must consider inflamed cysts or abscesses , particularly if they are more tender and painful (and no necessarily itchy). if they are abscessed cysts they may form pustules and drain on their own. Warm compresses may help but you may need to have a professional evaluate you. ...Read more

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Tiny red bumps on arms rash or bug bites?

Tiny red bumps on arms rash or bug bites?

Don't know: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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My son developed these blister like red bumps around his ankles, I took a picture but I am not sure how to attach it. Not sure if they are bug bites .

My son developed these blister like red bumps around his ankles, I took a picture but I am not sure how to attach it. Not sure if they are bug bites .

May need antibiotics: Rashes are difficult to describe in words. If a person got an ankle rash after playing outdoors, that might mean bug bites or plant exposures. A primary care doctor can look at the skin and make a diagnosis. Blisters with pus inside tend to be infections. If one wants do do an online virtual consultation and upload the photo, select HealthTap PRIME or HealthTap CONCIERGE (they have a fee). ...Read more

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Got sun burn in tanning bed and a day later there are red bumps (looks like bug bites) and there very itchy.. What is it? Will they go away?Treatment?

Got sun burn in tanning bed and a day later there are red bumps (looks like bug bites) and there very itchy.. What is it? Will they go away?Treatment?

? Solar urticaria: From ultraviolet rays exposure, rash will go away, OTC antihistamines and anti itch creams will help, if not please see your doctor, avoid tanning beds and sun exposure, use sun blocks, better see an allergist as well for future management, goodluck ...Read more

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I have a few little itchy, red bumps on the outside of my hip. I thought they were bug bites but they won't go away, for 5 months. What are they?

I have a few little itchy, red bumps on the outside of my hip. I thought they were bug bites but they won't go away, for 5 months. What are they?

Rash: The physical examination performed by an evaluating physician is critical for diagnosis of rashes. Questions about the cause of a rash cannot typically be answered unless the rash description involves great details. ...Read more

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Could my daughter have hives and not bug bites? We had her room sprayed by a exterminator and fine after few days but now red bumps showing up again

Could my daughter have hives and not bug bites? We had her room sprayed by a exterminator and fine after few days but now red bumps showing up again

Yes; but: Hives can come up from a variety of exposures, including foods,bug bites, things she touches,etc.Unless you know for a fact she is never anywhere but inside your house, a bug bite or other exposure could occur outside in the yard, on trips, etc. ...Read more

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My son has a lot big red bumps thought bug bites more appear one had ring around it should he be tested for Lyme? Doc said didn't have to but would

My son has a lot big red bumps thought bug bites more appear one had ring around it should he be tested for Lyme? Doc said didn't have to but would

Lyme disease: This is caused by deer-born ticks and can have serious long term consequences if untreated. If you live in an area that has deer or there has been reports of Lyme disease, I would certainly recommend testing. Even if it is negative in a 3 yr old, but there is a medium suspicion for Lyme, I would argue that it is worth treating with abx (doxy, amox). The risk of tx far outweighs complications of dz ...Read more

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My kids & I have red bumps 1week mayb bug bites, more upper body. Really itchy more at night. Dr. Gave us meds for scabies & bedbugs? Im confused! help

My kids & I have red bumps 1week mayb bug bites, more upper body. Really itchy more at night. Dr. Gave us meds for scabies & bedbugs? Im confused! help

I am also confused : By this. Don't know what med you were given unless it is for itching. Bed bugs don't require any specific medications to get rid of them. Creams to treat scabies include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. Itching is worse at night w scabies. If the medication your are prescribed does not work - would encourage you to see a dermatologist for accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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