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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) cause itchy rashes that look like bug bites?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) cause itchy rashes that look like bug bites?

Yes: Itching and hives are listed as possible side effects of vatrex. Notify your doctor. In the meantime(since it is Sunday) you can use over the counter products like calamine lotion,benadryl (diphenhydramine) etc. ...Read more

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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 cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?

Can cetaphil help in preventing dark scar marks from occurring from insect bites and other skin rashes?

Won't prevent scar: But it will soften the area and help make it less noticeable. Normal insect bites shouldn't scar unless scratched open if this is a problem too try putting some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream on and covering with band aid. If you are dark pigmented and have dark scars try fade cream but don't use it close to your eyes. ...Read more

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I have 3 red (bites/rashes) biggest, bigger and big on my rib cage. A dr said shingles but I think bug bites (bed bugs?). I found zero bugs in my bed.

I have 3 red (bites/rashes) biggest, bigger and big on my rib cage. A dr said shingles but I think bug bites (bed bugs?). I found zero bugs in my bed.

Probably are bites.: I couldn't be sure because I haven't taken a History and Physical on you but your description favors bug bites if there are no blisters and if they do not follow a nerve dermatone pattern. ...Read more

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On holiday in turkey and my leg is developing burn like rashes that were originally insect bites. They are not itchy or painful to touch, just ugly.

OK,...: Tough to know what this exactly without an exam. Sounds like a progression of the healing process, and hopefully you will not acquire scars form the bites moving forward. Try no to itch them or pick at them as that wold increase risk of infection and scarring. See Dr. if you feel they are not improving. ...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?

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'm worried because my boyfriend has a rash that looks like bug bites all over his legs and it's spreading, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my boyfriend has a rash that looks like bug bites all over his legs and it's spreading, what do you suggest?

See Doctor: Unfortunately your description is not sufficient to make a diagnosis. Given that the rash is spreading the best thing to do is to have your boyfriends rash evaluated by a doctor so that someone can see him in person. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my legs that looks like bug bites. It started on the bottom of my leg spread up n 2 the other. Started after gardening 6 monthsago?

I have a rash on my legs that looks like bug bites.  It started on the bottom of my leg spread up n 2 the other.  Started after gardening 6  monthsago?

Itches or burns: What is the rash like? Does it itch or burn? If it developed after gardening 6 months ago, it may be from poison ivy. Make sure that all material having contacted with the ivy gets washed off with laundry soap or else you will end up getting a rash whenever you come into contact with it. Your shoes, gloves, tools etc need to be cleaned. Consider seeing a dermatologist also. ...Read more

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I have a rash that almost looks like bug bites that started on my legs but seems to be spreading and very itchy and painful any thoughts as what it is?

Rash: This rash could be hives or irritation from shaving (most common), when from shaving it is usually when you use a razor with more than 2 blades and try to get a close shave. If hives they only last in each spot for less than a day. Need to see and md for best advice. Can take benadryl/use calamine and stop shaving for awhile. ...Read more

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I have a rash that looks like a bunch of bug bites on my inner upper thigh but I have no idea what it is. Help!

Depends: Not able to see the rash. Go to Doc who can examine the rash. It could be anything from contact dermatitis, prickly heat, a yeast infection, bed bugs, scabies or many other things. Arm yourself with a checklist. 1. when did it start? 2. does it itch? 3. Is it getting bigger or smaller?. 4. Does anything make it better or worse? Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a rash that looks like bed bug bites but I can't find any evidence of the bed bugs. Is there any rash that's is commonly mistaken for bed bug b?

I have a rash that looks like bed bug bites but I can't find any evidence of the bed bugs. Is there any rash that's is commonly mistaken for bed bug b?

Insect bites: Most bug bites look similar so hard to decide what insect it may be without an exam and then sometimes that doesn't always help ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more