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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
My toddler has 6 sores on his back similarly to insect bites. These are red and swollen. Sizes varies with the large ones being like a 20c and 10c. No signs of discomfort or itching. Appeared rapidly within 24hours. What can this possibly be?
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
Not state specific: There are not insects that are really state specific, more climate than region. That said, there are certain areas of the country that have more of one type insect than others. General care for insect bites is good hygeine, sypmtoms relief, and watch for signs that infection is starting. ...Read more
Yes: The best thing I know for insect bites is an onion. Slice a fresh onion and rub the slice on the insect bite. It stops itching, reduces swelling, . ..And thus picking. Homeopathic apis mellifica can also help. ...Read more
Nothing: Just let them heal on their own. ...Read more
My 1y/o can't stop scratching and picking his wounds cause by insect bites, what shall I do. The bites are not healing?
Clip nails!: The fingernails should definitely by clipped and/ or filed making picking a little more difficult. You may need to cover his hands with gloves or socks so he cannot access his bites. I would also recommend a topical anti-infective, like neosporin, that will protect the bites from infection and may help the healing process. Preventing the bites with off or avon skin-so-soft is also recommended. ...Read more
Parasites: Cockroaches frequently feed on human feces, and therefore they can disseminate cysts of enteric protozoans in the environment if such feces are contaminated (7, 16, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32). The important epidemiological role of cockroaches in transmission of intestinal entamoeba histolytica-associated amoebiasis was demonstrated in 1971 (25) and in giardiasis in 1981 (16). ...Read more