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I have abnormal reactions to mosquito bites, does this mean i'm allergic?

I have abnormal reactions to mosquito bites, does this mean i'm allergic?

Probasbly not: Most mosquito bites will casue a local reaction than can be quite large. This is no an allergy. Very rarely one can see patients have system reactions to mosquito bites. ...Read more

Insect Bites (Definition)

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


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How to know if i'm allergic to beeswax. It weird. Iwhile. Could that be an allergic reaction?

How to know if i'm allergic to beeswax. It weird. Iwhile. Could that be an allergic reaction?

Common: for sufferers of pollen allergy. You can imagine how pollen gets into the beeswax. Because pollen allergies are specific for a class of pollens, one can react variably depending on the beeswax lot. Best to avoid. If you also suffer from seasonal rhinitis, or hay fever, consult an Allergist for individualized recommendations. ...Read more

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I need a straight answer. What is allergic reaction to insect bites?

I need a straight answer. What is allergic reaction to insect bites?

What it says.: If you get stung or bitten by an insect, and you are allergic to the insect's venom or saliva, you develop an allergic reaction to the sting or bite. Usually it's just itching, redness, and swelling around the bite, but in rare cases it can evolve into anaphylactic shock which is life-threatening. Antihistamines may help mild cases, but if you have trouble breathing or other symptoms see a doctor. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to insect bite means hives or what else?

Allergic reaction to insect bite means hives or what else?

Allergy to insect bi: Most of the allergies to insect bites caue local reaction and itching.But some people have severe reaction to insect bites and stings especially bee stings.This is a life threatening allergic reaction and is called anaphylaxis, this can cause breathing difficulty and is an emergency.Need to be treated with Epipen (epinephrine) injection and emergency treatment. ...Read more

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When you get circular mosquito bites what does it mean?

When you get circular mosquito bites what does it mean?

Mosquito bite size: Mosquito bites generally will cause a round rash, since after the mosquito bites you, a reaction forms "around" the site where bitten. This is because there are foreign substances in the mosquito saliva that the body doesn't like and therefore reacts against. Sometimes kids are affected more than adults. Try to avoid the bite! ...Read more

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Why does an allergic reaction turn into a rash?

Why does an allergic reaction turn into a rash?

Usually histamine: Histamine causes redness, itching, pain, swelling, the common skin manifestations of an "allergic reaction". ...Read more

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What does an allergy to shrimp appear itself?

What does an allergy to shrimp appear itself?

Various ways: The most common symptoms of food allergy including those to shrimp are hives/swelling [lip, tongue], and gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting/abdominal pain/diarrhea). If more than one system is involved (gi, lungs, skin, etc) it is called anaphylaxis. Shrimp allergy can be long term and serious. It typically presents in adults compared to children. ...Read more

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What does an allergic reaction to neosporin look like?

What does an allergic reaction to neosporin look like?

Itchy rash typically: The neomycin component of neosporin is a well known and fairly common trigger of allergic contact dermatitis. The rash is itchy, red and occurs where the medication came into contact with the skin. The mechanism is similar to poison ivy type rash. An allergy skin test is available if the diagnosis is in question. ...Read more

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Insect bites that cause watery blisters, what to do?

Insect bites that cause watery blisters, what to do?

Repellants.: If your allergy to insect saliva is so severe, your best bet is not to get bit, by using insect repellants (usually based on deet.). ...Read more

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What to do for itchy, swollen gauge and skin rash? Could it be an allergic reaction?

What to do for itchy, swollen gauge and skin rash? Could it be an allergic reaction?

Possibly: See a doctor if you do not know what it is. You also need to know what you are allergic to. Take an antihistamine in the mean time and callyour doctor. You may need a prescription or a shot. ...Read more

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What kind of allergic rash, raised skin do you get from allergic reaction to imodium (loperamide)? Is it hives-like?

What kind of allergic rash, raised skin do you get from allergic reaction to imodium (loperamide)?  Is it hives-like?

See below: The most common reaction would be hives. I have seen patients get a lot of swelling around the eyes. And, there is always the possibility of a more severe reaction, with trouble breathing, etc. ...Read more

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What does the hospital do when someone has an anaphylatic allergic reaction?

Lot of things: I.V right away, , epipen, (epinephrine) benadyl i.V , tagamet IV o2, keep airways open keep eye on b.P . Treat you total with expert team keep you their til fit to leave. ...Read more

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What does an allergic reaction to antibiotics look like?

What does an allergic reaction to antibiotics look like?

Depends: It depends on the nature of the immune response. Allergic antibody (IgE) mediated reactions occur rapidly after ingestion and can involve hives, skin swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea/vomitting, diarrhea, dizziness, confusion, palpitations, loss of consciousness and even death. A delayed reaction can occur after days on the medicine and would have different constellation of symptom ...Read more

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If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

Allergy: Lots of different meds can be used. Antihistamines are very common but stopping the medicine (or other thing) that causes the reaction is the first thing to do, if known. Topical and systemic steroids are also commonly used (orally or injected). ...Read more

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Why does my toddlers mosquito bites swell up and then turn into blisters? Does this mean she is allergic to them?

Yes: some people are very sensitive to bites and stings virtually everyone has some reaction to mosquitoes if there is swelling and itchiness, try cool damp washcloths and give a dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine) to alleviate symptoms and to prevent possible infection from scratching ...Read more

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How quickly does an allergic reaction happen?

How quickly does an allergic reaction happen?

Depends: It all depends on the problem. Allergic reactions can be immediate or take hours or even days to occur. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to mosquito bites, what to do?

Allergic reaction to mosquito bites, what to do?

Mosquito bites.: If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. Localized swelling ; itching - oral benadryl (diphenhydramine). Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator ; apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes ; has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste ; place it over the mosquito. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to insect bite means hives or what else?

Allergy to insect bi: Most of the allergies to insect bites caue local reaction and itching.But some people have severe reaction to insect bites and stings especially bee stings.This is a life threatening allergic reaction and is called anaphylaxis, this can cause breathing difficulty and is an emergency.Need to be treated with Epipen (epinephrine) injection and emergency treatment. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an allergic reaction to insect bite?

Let me help you?: Insect bites and stings can cause an immediate skin reaction. The bite from fire ants and the sting from bees, wasps, and hornets are usually painful. Bites caused by mosquitoes, fleas, and mites are more likely to cause itching than pain. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an allergic reaction to insect bite?

Depends: If it is mild- just some redness and itching, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. People who get severe reactions- such as difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat, should carry an epi-pen, which is injectable epinephrine. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for allergic reaction to insect bite?

What is the treatment for allergic reaction to insect bite?

Depends: The answer depends on the severity of the allergic reaction. If it is mild- just some redness and itching, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. People who get severe reactions- such as difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat, should carry an epi-pen, which is injectable epinephrine. ...Read more

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What are treatment for an allergic reaction to insect bite?

What are treatment for an allergic reaction to insect bite?

Depends: Depends on the severity of the reaction on the skin-redness, swwollen, pain. As well as what kind of insect bite. The reaction are varies on different individuals, some are very allergic, some have minor eaction. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is recomended first.But you have pain with swelling then you need to see a doctor for steroids and/or antibiotics ...Read more

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A severe allergic reaction to insect bite has to include breathing problems?

Depends: This can occur and if it does, it is a severe reaction - anaphylaxis and will need immediate care. If you had an Epipen (epinephrine) from previously diagnosed severe allergy, use it then call 911. ...Read more

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If I develop allergic reaction to insect bites, how will it be treated?

Allergy: Lots of different meds can be used. Antihistamines are very common but stopping the medicine (or other thing) that causes the reaction is the first thing to do, if known. Topical and systemic steroids are also commonly used (orally or injected). ...Read more

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I need a straight answer. What is allergic reaction to insect bites?

What it says.: If you get stung or bitten by an insect, and you are allergic to the insect's venom or saliva, you develop an allergic reaction to the sting or bite. Usually it's just itching, redness, and swelling around the bite, but in rare cases it can evolve into anaphylactic shock which is life-threatening. Antihistamines may help mild cases, but if you have trouble breathing or other symptoms see a doctor. ...Read more

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Are there treatment guidelines for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Are there treatment guidelines for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Depends: Depending upon what insect is responsible. If this is from a bee sting reaction, then there are potential treatments available. Speak with a physician to understand what the reaction was and the best treatment options. ...Read more

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What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

What are the tests for allergic reaction to insect bites?

Skin test or blood: When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms from the bite..And the type of insect involved, if known...Depending on the insect, a series of simple scratch tests can be done, or sometimes a blood testis done first. It depends on your reaction history. ...Read more

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Can an allergic reaction be reliably distinguished from an insect bite by visual inspection?

Sometimes: Sometimes it would be able to be distinguished by visual inspection. Let your doctor see it and tell you what it is. ...Read more

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Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

Can hornet/insect bites cause temporary allergies? Can any docs explain?

Depends whatyou mean: Hornet/insect bites can cause itching, hives, localized swelling all the way up to systemic reactions (anaphylaxis). If you mean can they cause nose or eye symptoms this would be indicative of a more systemic reaction (wheezing, swelling etc.). Any suspected systemic reaction should be treated immediately with Epinephrine followed by calling 911. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for insect bite allergies?

Depends: If it is mild- just some redness and itching, an antihistamine, such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help. People who get severe reactions- such as difficulty breathing, or swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat, should carry an epi-pen, which is injectable epinephrine. ...Read more

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I'm extremely allergic to insect bites esp spiders besides a ridiculous over reaction by my immune system any other possible reasons for this?

May not be allergic: Reactions to insects range from local reactions to life-threatening anaphylaxis. Spiders usually cause local reactions, which can get large and may get infected. These symptoms are due to local irritation of the skin, which results in local inflammation. Signs of anaphylaxis include a combination of hives, swelling, breathing difficulty, vomiting, passing out due to systemic histamine release ...Read more

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Insect bites on my legs, they swell up to the size of a pint glass making it painful to walk. Am I allergic to them? Not had this reaction before?

See a dermatologist: Not an allergist. You assume these to be insect bites, and some people have exaggerated reactions to mosquitoes, but this is suspicious for something else. You need to begin with a precise definition of the problem so you will be able to get help. ...Read more

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I am getting normal reactions or allergic reactions to insect bites?

I am getting normal reactions or allergic reactions to insect bites?

Probably normal: Allergic reactions to insects most commonly occur with stinging insects like bees, wasps and fire ants. Local reactions to other insects are generally not allergic. Allergic reactions usually cause symptoms away from the bite. So, bitten on the toe and toe swells= not allergic. Bitten on the toe and lip swells= allergic. ...Read more

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Moderate reaction to insect bite acquired in Poland - lymph nodes up, nausea, dizziness. 7 day wait for doc appointment. Advice appreciated?

Antihistamines: Try obtaining some over the counter antihistamines and anti-inflammatory tablets. If you start spiking a temperature, this may mean that the insect bite is getting infected and you have a risk of developing sepsis. If you get short of breath, throat constriction, vomiting, skin rash, swelling of eyes and face, this could mean a more severe allergic reaction and you need to go to ER immediately. ...Read more

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I am having a reaction to insect bites. I have Extra Strength Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Nighttime, 1 50mg pill isn't working can I take 2?

I am having a reaction to insect bites. I have Extra Strength Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Nighttime, 1 50mg pill isn't working can I take 2?

Benadryl (diphenhydramine): 50mg is the recommended dose but adults can take 400mg in 24 hours. Take 50mg 30 minutes before bedtime and if not effective by 30 minutes repeat the dose. If this is making you drowsy the following day you know it is too much. Your size and weight may have a lot to do with your dose. All the best. ...Read more

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I've4 or mor mosqito bites in face that don't go away snce 1mnth..My dr. Said apersistet insect bite reaction& gave me drugs..Do these'll leave marks?

Likely yes: Some people do scar from insect bites. The dark spots will fade over time. Try to stay out of the sun and use daily sunscreen as a suntan will make your marks less likely to vanish. Apply bio-oil daily for around 6 weeks. This is a good anti-scar oil. If your md gave you steroid cream, try to only apply to each scar and not the surrounding skin. ...Read more

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Can you have a reaction to different types of insect bites? How?

Can you have a reaction to different types of insect bites? How?

Yes.: Different insects have different substances in their saliva that cause different skin reactions. In addition, those saliva components can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, but not in those who are not susceptible. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

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