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Spine Insect Bites
I have horseshoe size bruise/swelling that appeared on top of spine. I didn't do anything too physical and it's not an insect bite?
See doctor: If there is no trauma or insect bite, you need to ask your doctor to take a look at it since the area involved is sizable. ...Read more
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
I have 2 insect bites, 1 on my back 1 on my forearm, both swollen and itchy, I have had them for over 6 weeks now! Not painful at all?
6 weeks seems like quite a long time for insect bites to heal, although this is possible if you are scratching them frequently which can delay healing. Mosquito or spider bites can take a while to heal and can often leave a small lump in the tissue with darkening of the skin which resolves over time. If you have increasing size, redness or pain, you should see your doctor. ...Read more
I have itchy spots on the crease of crease in the back of my leg what can it be other than insect bites?
Hard to tell: Itchy spots in creases can be caused by a variety of things. Some things could be an allergic reaction to something your skin has come in contact with, a fungus, scabies, shingles are a few causes. Rashes are very hard to diagnose without looking at. If someone has a rash it would be best to go in to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more
I have red itchy marks on one side of my lower back which increase each morning and look like insect bites. Could this be bed bugs?
I have six insect bites on my legs and back they have a white center and redness around outside what insect does this sound like and what should I do?
This weekend have about 15 raised round red spots mostly on upper back side of each arm that look like insect bites. Not bed bugs. How can this be?
Cannot say: Do the lesions itch burn or hurt. That makes a difference. You should see a dermatologist to determine what they are. ...Read more
Sure, but....: It won't hurt anything, but it won't do much. Taking benedryl is better. Ice, topical anesthetics and calalmine lotion on the bite itself can also help. ...Read more
Desensitization: Allergen desensitization does not work on all allergies--it is most effective with seasonal allergens, indoor allergens and insect bites. Insect bites from bees, red ants and wasps are treated with allergen desensitization. Allergen desensitization uses small amounts of the allergen the person is allergic to and injects the allergen into the individual's body. ...Read more
Several things: Applying baking soda paste, cortisone cream, antihistamines by mouth or on the skin, meat tenderizer applied to the bite quickly, are all tools to minimize itchiness of bites. Also using bug spray repellent to prevent bites is helpful. ...Read more