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Spider Beetle Bites
My son is 5 and he says he was bitten by a beetle, now both of his forearms have rashes on them, could it be from a bite?
Unusual, see Peds: It would be odd to have just both forearms involved in a rash from an insect bite, so is likely something else that caused that (like crawling around through something?). Cannot say over internet, needs exam by pediatrician to get good clinical impression and treatment plan. ...Read more
I was bitten by a blister beetle several days ago. How do I treat it? I have a clear blister that itches and is a little painful.
Tincture of time.: Show to your Dr and follow advice. They know blister beetle problems in Texas. ...Read more
If i drain the pus out of a blister beetle bite and it gets on another part of ny skin will it create another blister?
I was recently bitten by a brown beetle it's very painful and I can't put pressure on my foot...do you think I have an infection ?
INFECTION: It's very possible. The first sign of infection is pain out of proportion. Other signs are red streaking, swelling, drainage. You should see a podiatrist soon. Sometimes antibiotic pills will work. In select cases, an abscess may form requiring surgery to drain it. Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was bitten by a devil coach horse beetle 3 weeks ago and have had chest infection since,2 courses of antibiotics and now steroids, are these related?
I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can
Chagas disease: If you were bitten in north america it is extremely unlikely that you will contract chagas disease. The prevalence of the disease here is just too low. Some will develop an ulcer at the site of the bite. Parasitemia is easily demonstrated with blood smears or pcr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My daughter got bitten by a darling/litter beetle(tiny black beetle) She has a slight fever(100.4)runny nose and the area is red. Is this normal?
Beattles me: Viruses usually infect through the respiratory tract. This means that you get them through the nose and lungs and then they go to the brain. However, ticks and fleas and mosquitoes can inject the virus directly into your blood stream. I do not know any beetles that do this, but am sure there are some who try. ...Read more
Are click beetles harmless we trapped it in a wipe container and are uncertain on what to do with it?
Possibly: 'carpet beetles' can mean different things to different people, so one would need a better description of the insect to which you are referring. In general, 'beetles' are not allergenic insects. However, it is possible that they are associated with another type of insect that is allergenic (like dust mites - very common in your area). ...Read more
No: No they cannot. Why would you even think they would? Why would you ever eat them? ...Read more
I believe I am allergic to carpet beetle larvae. Is there a test to confirm this? I have read that clinical testing has confirmed for others.
Yes, in principle : You will need to determine if you truly have carpet beetle infestation. Next you will need to present your allergy findingd to either your dermatologist and/or allergist. ...Read more
Yes, carefully.: Blisters don't usually hurt, but ripping the skin off of them really hurts. Therefore, you can sterilize a seeing needle to prick the edge and drain the fluid, but leave the roof of the blister in tact. ...Read more
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Hello doc , i came in contact with blister beetles a week ago and does this skin lesion cause permanent scarring on my face ?
Blister Beetle: Blister beetles contain a toxin called cantharidin or cantharide in their body fluids. Cantharidin causes severe irritation and blistering of the skin without causing any residual scarring. There are no reported cases of human deaths caused by blister beetle bites. If you do not take care of the wound or there is infection there can be scarring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer