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What Color Are Chiggers Will I Be Able To Tell Them Apart From Lice And Ticks
'chiggers' is an itchy rash casue by the bite of an immature (larval) stage of a mite. The mite secrets chemicals which trigger an intense itchy reaction from humans. The larvae do not burrow under skin but rather secret chemicals to help digest skin. The mites are found in tall grass at the edges of forests. Wear long clothing & use ...Read more
Tyring to figure out what is biting my kid. The bites are red and swell. She has scratched them so now they are infected. How do I treat home if i don't know what the bugs are?
Decrease scratching: While you are trying to find the source of your child's rash, you can still treat the symptoms. Topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or 1% Hydrocortisone cream will have decrease the itching so that the areas do not become infected. For those bites that she has scratched too much you can use triple antibiotic cream. See your provider if the symptoms continue. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some help I can do: Mosquitoes are a bit like flying syringes. Their large needle nose, called a proboscis, is ideal for quickly landing on a victim, withdrawing a bit of blood and then taking off for the next target. You may not notice a mosquito bite initially, but within an hour or two after a bite, you may have raised red bumps from mosquito bites that itch like crazy. See belw. ...Read more
Flea bites.: Flea bites may be clustered into 3 itchy bumps that bleed & blanch (turn white) when you press on them. They tend to be found at skin folds (breast or groin) & folds of joints (ankle, knee, elbow, axilla). A rash may develop and swelling can occur as well as secondary infection from scratching. Sometime biopsy is needed to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more
Can you tell me if there are cool ways to get rid of pimples and blackheads fast using common household objects so i wont have to go to the store?
No: The internet is full of stories about people treating their acne with vinegar, squeezed lemons, baking egg white onto their faces, and sleeping smeared with honey. This stuff is unworthy of someone who lives in the 21st century and i suspect some of the postings are cruel pranks. Acne's a serious chronic disease and truth is, you owe it to yourself to visit a scientific physician. ...Read more
Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates the egg until the new lice emerges.The nit, is attached to the hair by a glue like material that is resistant to easy separation. Mild acidic washes like vinegar can help dissolve the glue and help with removal along with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more
See psychiatrist: This article should clarify: http://www.fleabites.net/paper-fleas-all-about-these-mythical-insects/Get a more detailed answer ›
Mosquitoes: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory effect. Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 2 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching. Aloe Vera & Basil are natural deterrents. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend and her kids are experiencing bites that have black thin splinter type bugs or eggs coming out. We don't know what they r or how to treat.
See a doctor: Unfortunately this sounds difficult to diagnose without a picture or physical exam. The best thing would be for at least one person in the family to see a doctor. ...Read more
I have probably close to 75 bug bits and i don't know what they are or how to get rid of them. They are primarily on my bottom and legs. ?
Bed bugs: My first guess (without seeing you to examine the skin) is bed bugs. Do you notice them when you wake up? If you sleep with a partner, do they have similar bites? If either one of these is yes, then it may be bed bugs. Wash all bedding and clothes in hot water, consider calling an exterminator, and sanitize or replace the mattress and especially boxspring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bugs in my hair that's not lice and they are invisible what could this be? They sting me all during the day and hurt so much. Can you help me please
Bedbugs: You may have bedbugs, if you want to get rid of them you should vacuum everywhere in your house and wash all clothing/washable material in hot water. ...Read more
I have brownish spots from picking at acne. What are some ways to make them go away? Any good products? How long does it take to fade?
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Hi docs, can you tell me if tape worms from my cat can be transferrable to people and other pets?
Need Stool Test: For most parasites except pinworms you need to examine stools for ova and parasite to find out which parasite it is and you have to see a doctor to get the test done.Some times you can see the parasite with naked eye but we still do stool test as there can be more than one kind of worm.Some parasites do not need any treatment and others do, but you have to identify the parasite to know that. ...Read more
How to get rid of bed bug bites when they refuse to go away? some have healed but not all of them.
Your bed is : infested. Call a professional exterminator. You may want to confirm theses are "Bed Bug" bites with your doc or a Dermatologist. ...Read more
Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?
Mite vs. arachnid: Ticks are arachnids (in the same class as spiders and scorpions) and small but visible to the naked eye. Chiggers are mites and too small to be seen. Tick bites usually occur with one tick while chiggers occur in bunches. Ticks spread dangerous diseases such as lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever. Chigger bites are very itchy and annoying but don't spread dangerous illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Chigger bites often have a small red in the center of a welt ; occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, belt line, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Because tick bite symptoms can vary greatly - I have included a resource to review possible presentations. http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html. ...Read more
Ticks or chiggers? Extremely small almost didn't notice them. Didn't seem to latch on like ticks & came off easy. Light brown or red in color maybe?
TICKS OR CHIGGERS: WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION? UNFORTUNATELY, I CANNOT SEE THESE. PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. BEST LUCK ...Read more
Prophylaxis: If you live in an area that has ticks, you may be better off taking prophylactic treatment for Lyme disease. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more
BITES: Is the bite from a wild boar? Or a tick? Or a louse? One medicine will not cure all. ...Read more
Lice, mites, or tiny ticks infected my hair, face, and neck - itching and swelling after cleaning an empty cabin. Rid?
Lice remedies: Natural remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products smother the louse. Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture ; your vehicles. ...Read more
Pubic lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on the pubic hairs, and climb down onto the skin to take a blood meal. You may see tiny specks of blood on your underwear or sheets, and if you look carefully, you may see the tiny gray creatures attached to the hairs. They are not easy to diagnose, so you should make sure you have them before you tell your female friend, . You must both be treated by a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pubic Lice: Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Lice can itch a lot. Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. When lice have been present for a long time – surrounding skin may be purple or blue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chiggers vs bed bugs: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. * chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & >. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small parasites...: Crab lice are very small parasites that are generally detected on the skin of the groin / inguinal areas. They can cause itching and skin irritation. Crab lice lay small egg sacs at the base of hairs. Generally crab lice are transmitted from person to person by close physical contact (often by sexual contact). Crab lice can be treated with over the counter medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chigger's bites: Often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, belt line, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesion. ...Read more
Not by the number...: ...But by their location on the hair shafts. A head louse will attach her eggs (which is what nits are) to hair shafts at the point where they come out of the skin. As the hair grows, the nits move up from the scalp surface. Hair grows about 1 inch per month, on average - so if the nits are a half-inch away from the scalp, lice have been present for about 2 weeks; an inch away, 4 weeks; and so on. ...Read more
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