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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?
Possibly: Yes this is a possibility. You should however not be touching these injuries. See your doctor also what are you doing around all these beetles? B ...Read more
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?
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.
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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 more
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?
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
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?
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
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 more
My mom has Carpet Beetle Nite Marks all over her lower legs (I'd say around 25-30) on each leg. She has intensive scratching. What treatment is good?
Any at home tx for molluscom? 3yr & 5mo sons have it. : (tee tree oil? Epsom salt? Acne tx? I know it's viral, but 5mo has on face;no beetle juice
Patience: Most of these will fall off or be scratched off within 4-6 months if you do nothing at all. When they do they may leave a small scar in the skin or nothing at all. All the more aggressive reatments will leave scars. ...Read more
Depends: This will depend on what part of the world you are bitten and by what species. In order from worst to less (1 to 10): brazilian wandering spider, african six eyed sand spider, sydney funnel web, black widow, aussie reback spider, brown and chilean recluse, aussie mouse spider, fringed ornamental tarantula, yellow sac spider. ...Read more
Rapid Healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Not usually - but: Possible if allergic. A black widow bite can cause pain that spreads to chest, abdomen or back which may be associated with abdominal cramping. There may be intense sweating near the wound or involving an effected extremity. Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, a mild reaction, an immediate or a delayed reaction. With a significant reaction a which blister appears after bit. The > ...Read more
Variable: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly >. ...Read more
No: If they are true spider bites, they require serious attention. If you did not see ; feel the spider it was something else. Sometimes minor irritations or insect bites are casually passed of as spider bites without any knowledge of this subject. I urge you to look up spider bites according to the area of the earth and the species of spiders. If you are in the netherlands, there are no spiders that. ...Read more
Probably nothing: Most spider bites are minor and may create a slight local itching, swelling and redness but will go away quickly. The exception is the brown recluse spider (fiddleback) which has a nasty venom that can erode tissue for many weeks. These are usually found in house attic or basement corners, mostly in the midwest. If your bite does not seem to want to heal, then have it looked at to rule this out. ...Read more