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What Do Mold Spores Look Like
Black Mold: Very hard to tell what type of mold it is by just looking at it. There are lots of different molds out there that can have a dark or black color. The best way to identify is to have experts take samples to determine what mold you are dealing with. ...Read more
Sand Fleas: There are a number of species of sand fleas. They have a tough outer shell (exoskeleton) with a barrel shape. The female can be a third of an inch to almost one and a half inches long. Males are much smaller ; cling to a female's legs. They are often seen on beaches during a high tide ; can be observed hopping about ; making a high pitched sound. At daytime they are usually buried in the sand. ...Read more
Small fibers: Small fibers. Asbestos used to be recognized as an ingredient in things like brake linings, wraping for heating and air cond. Pipes in the home and was in many home products. Usually you don't see the dangerous asbestos fibers that cause disease. Asbestos has now been banished from home and products that could expose one to the fibers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hookworm: And they can crawl under your skin and then it looks like raised bumps that itch. Trhichinosis from undercooked pork or wild meat and that can make you very sick with diarrhea just like you can get cryptosporidium from the same things and get diarrhea. You rarely get parasites from pets and good handwashing will stop it anyway. ...Read more
See below: Most insect which draw a blood meal though a bite will cause a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and itch. It is often impossible to tell these apart, but bedbugs will often leave a straight line or repeat bites whereas other bugs like mosquitos, fleas, etc. May look scattered. However, there are treated in the same way - wound care, steroid creams and antihistamines. ...Read more
Body mites: Mites, or scabies, are microscopic organisms that get under the skin. They cause small raised bumps mostly in the skin folds of the arms and legs and aroung the waist. They often show up on the hands between the fingers. They are itchy and may be worse at night. There really is not any good treatment otc. Should get seen by a doctor to know for sure. Many skin conditions can look similar. ...Read more
Parasites: There are very few that are macroscopic (seen without a microscope), and many are diagnosed by the presence of their eggs. Sometimes ascaris and tapeworms can be seen with the naked eye. The first looks like a very large worm and the tapeworm segments look like short white cubes. ...Read more
Did you actually see: A spider? 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. ...Read more
Body Lice: Body lice live in the seams and folds of clothing. They feed on human blood and lay their eggs and deposit waste matter on the skin and clothing. They can live in clothing for up to 1 month. Lice die within 5 - 7 days at room temperature if they fall off a person.Lice causes severe itching. Itching is usually worse around the waist, under the arms, and places where clothing is tighter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually>. ...Read more
Flea bites: Flea bites vary in size from barely noticible to large red raised reactions. If a person is allergic to fleas, the larger reactions are more likely to occur and they are also more likely to itch. Flea bites may be indistinguishable from mosquito bite. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's or signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show as fast as an hour or it may not show for several days after being bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions which are clear in center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings –. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
See below: They very in appearance, but often, the bite will often go unnoticed. If the tick was attached for less than 24-48 hours, the likelihood that you have contracted a disease is almost zero (i never say never). But watch for signs like a rash at the tick bite site, headaches, fevers, muscle aches, chills, fatigue, malaise, nausea and vomiting. If these occur, see you doctor. ...Read more
Small raised bites: Scabies are not visible to the naked eye. The individual lesions are smaller raised marks. The distribution is important between fingers, wrist ankles on the penis, armpits, waistbnand, nipples. Itching is worst at night. It is easily treatable but everyone in household should be treated even if not itching. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Well, I wouldn't : Anticipate that you would only have bed bug bites on your buttocks. Bites are often in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs except for 2 small puncture points in skin . When there's a reaction, it may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. With hypersensitivity blisters may >>. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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