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Doctor insights on: Spider Beetle Bites

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Can beetles bite humans and cause a rash?

Can beetles bite humans and cause a rash?

No: Usually beetles do not bite people. There is a beetle that secretes a sticky substance that will cause blisters if you touch it, the blister beetle. I am not aware of any other beetle rashes or bites. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 ?

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 more

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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

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 more

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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?

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?

Tick bite?: make sure it is not any other insect like a tick! and watch out for the rash and have it checked. If the rash does not clear from application with ice.it could be any other insect.like a wasp or bee.and she could be reacting to it ...Read more

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Can you get viral meningitis from a beattle bite?

Can you get viral meningitis from a beattle bite?

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

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Are click beetles harmless we trapped it in a wipe container and are uncertain on what to do with it?

Are click beetles harmless we trapped it in a wipe container and are uncertain on what to do with it?

Harmless: From my limited research they are the only Beetles that make a distinctive clicking sound.. I suppose a whole bunch of them could cause a cacophony similar to an invasion of frogs or locusts. I would simply put them back in the woods. Enjoy Nature. ...Read more

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Can children be allergic to carpet beetles?

Can children be allergic to carpet beetles?

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