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Doctor insights on: Small Insect Bites

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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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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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Do you pop insect bites?

Do you pop insect bites?

Not a good idea: "popping" or pinching of insect bites does not speed up their resolution and may lead to scarring or infection. ...Read more

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What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

What insect bites and leaves 3 holes?

Don't know what: Insect bit you but a bed bug can leave telltale sign of a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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How to stop insect bites from weeping?

How to stop insect bites from weeping?

Is it infected?: Without physically examining your insect bite, there is only a medical guess as to what is triggering the weeping. Is it infected? This would be the 1st concern--addressing the infection is the only solution here. If the weeping is watery clear, then perhaps this is more of an allergic-type reaction that might respond to oral antihistamines such as allegra (fexofenadine). Call md if infected or not better soon. ...Read more