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What is a stork bite?

What is a stork bite?

Birthmark: Some babies are born with red, flat marks on their eyelids, the bridge of their nose and/or the nape of the neck. The medical term for one of these is nevus flammeus. The common name used for the one on the nape of the neck is "stork bite, " referring to babies being delivered by storks. The common name used for the ones on the eyelids and the bridge of the nose is "angel's kisses.". ...Read more

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How can I reduce the risk of stork-bite birthmarks in my baby?

How can I reduce the risk of stork-bite birthmarks in my baby?

You can't: If it is in the genes it will show up on the baby. I often see a pattern of storks bite marks in several family members or they may come up as a new finding . I've never had a parent complain about the mark in > 30 years of practice. Given what I have seen over the years i'm just happy when the parts are ale there & seem to fit. ...Read more

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Newborn has v at top of bum crease and what looks like a small stork bite (5-7mm) about two inches above in midline back. Unlikely tethered cord?

Newborn has v at top of bum crease and what looks like a small stork bite (5-7mm) about two inches above in midline back. Unlikely tethered cord?

Yes, unlikely: Look up pilonidal dimple and pilonidal sinus. Dimple is not rare and commonly benign. Sinus can be an issue. If you are worried then you need further evaluation via a pediatrician. If the situation warrants then an MRI might show evidence for tethered cord, but this is a rare condition. ...Read more

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Would a stork bite at the nape of the neck have any relation to chiari malformation?

Would a stork bite at the nape of the neck have any relation to chiari malformation?

Not unless the stork: ...was able to drill a hole into the spinal column, use his beak to grab your spinal cord below the foramen magnum & pull down 1 cm just far enough to cause a Chiari instead of killing you. Alternatively, he could've drilled into the spinal canal & sucked out 1/3 of your fluid so your cerebellar tonsils could be vacuumed through the foramen magnum. Otherwise, grievance to Mother Nature to be sent ...Read more

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Newborn has tiny (1mm) sacral dimple in gluteal crease and what looks like a tiny stork bite in the center of his lower back. How likely is this occult spinal dysraphism? Dr never mentioned anything.

Newborn has tiny (1mm) sacral dimple in gluteal crease and what looks like a tiny stork bite in the center of his lower back. How likely is this occult spinal dysraphism? Dr never mentioned anything.

Excellent question: Most sacral dimples are benign, provided there is complete skin coverage. Dimples with a tiny hole at base could be sign of spinal dysraphism or tethered spinal cord & would need to be evaluated. lumbo-sacral ultrasound is excellent, non-invasive study to rule out cord tethering. ...Read more

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What causes bug bites?

What causes bug bites?

Bugs: Bugs bites are the reaction to different, well, bug bites. These could be mosquitos, chiggers, fleas, bed bugs. "bug bites" is really a broad category. ...Read more

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What diseases can cat bites cause?

What diseases can cat bites cause?

See below: The most common is a skin infection at the site of the bite. You can also get catch scratch disease, which results in infection of lymph nodes near the site. Although, this is more common with kittens. ...Read more

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What problems will flea bites cause?

What problems will flea bites cause?

Often - itching: or secondary infection. Fleas can carry tapeworms & Murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the Southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause Bubonic plague. ...Read more

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What bug bites cause circular pattern?

What bug bites cause circular pattern?

Many: Papular urticaria, as it is called, is what is typically seen from bites by mosquitos, spiders, etc. Usually reactions to the saliva trigger itching, redness and a small bump that resolves in a couple days. Bigger reactions (redness, tenderness), can mean infection; circular rings around the bite may also raise concerns of tick bites leading to Lyme disease; early treatment is very effective. ...Read more