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Why do mosquito bites itch days later?

Why do mosquito bites itch days later?

Mosquito bite: The itching is actually a response of the immune system to antigens that are present in the mosquitoes saliva. Mosquito injects a bit of its saliva, which acts as a 'local anesthesia' so we won't know for a few seconds that we have been bitten. It also acts as an anticoagulant, preventing the blood from clotting so the mosquito can be free to draw blood for as long as it pleases. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites - bite from a blood-sucking Siphonaptera which may be itchy and painful. Fleas may ...Read more


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What bug bites hurt not itch?

What bug bites hurt not itch?

Bug bites: Any allergic reaction to a bug bite can itch however, spider bites, and deer fly are less likely to cause an allergic reaction than fire ants, mosquitos, or chiggers. Some 'bites' are not really bites at all, but rather the discomfort comes from a sting such as: fire ants, bees wasps and scorpions. ...Read more

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How many days do flea bites itch for?

How many days do flea bites itch for?

Up to you: If you are allergic to the bites, then they will itch for weeks. If you scratch them, they will itch until you quit scratching them. They can cause hard bumps called nodules if you continue to rub or scratch. Also, are the fleas still around? Other bites can look like flea bites and last a long time, such as scabies and other mites. Hydrocortisone cream and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will help the itch. ...Read more

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Do all chigger bites blister?

Do all chigger bites blister?

Chiggers: 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, beltline, backs of knees or ankles. They are extremely itchy. I don't think that they always create a welt - i had chiggers dozens of times in the blue ridge mountains & i don't remember having blisters. However blisters are reportedly the norm. ...Read more

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How long do flea bites itch?

How long do flea bites itch?

Varies: Usually one to two weeks. To hasten resolution, try a topical steroid and take an antihistamine. ...Read more

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How long do mosquito bites itch?

A few days usually: Occasionally, people will have a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction to mosquito bites. I am one of those people. The initial redness (relatively mild) lasts a day or two, followed by persistent redness and itching that goes on for a week or more. Hydrocortisone cream is your friend under these circumstances. ...Read more

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Do chigger bites have blisters?

Do chigger bites have blisters?

That is the reported: Norm. However, i never blistered when i got them. 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, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. ...Read more

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Why do mosquito bites cause swelling?

Why do mosquito bites cause swelling?

See below: All bug bites can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain and itch like mosquitos. This occurs due to histamine release due to the saliva of the mosquito/bug, but there are other venoms in the bites that can have an effect too. And this can occur immediately or even hours after the bite. ...Read more

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Do flea bites look like pimples?

Do flea bites look like pimples?

Small ones: Fleas are a pesky biter who is frustrated and bites often.The bite site is small and itchy, usually resolving over a week or with simple clensing.Larger sites probably represent a more substantial insect or a bite site that has become infected. ...Read more

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Do flea bites spread?

Do flea bites spread?

Depends: Flea bites result in red spots surrounded by reddened haloes. They are extremely itchy and cause great discomfort. Fleas often target the legs and feet of human victims and may infest the entire bodies of domestic house pets.Treating flea bites merely addresses one symptom of an infestation. Extermination methods should be conducted in conjunction with bite treatment to keep from spreading. ...Read more

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How to make my mosquito bites not itch?

How to make my mosquito bites not itch?

Mosquito bites: 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 bite. Can use calamine lotion. If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. ...Read more

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How can I make mosquito bites stop itching?

How can I make mosquito bites stop itching?

Use 1%Hydrocortisone: Use 1% Hydrocortisone cream available over the counter and that may help, and you can take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if too much itching. ...Read more

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Why do my bug bites have water blisters?

Why do my bug bites have water blisters?

Some bugs do: Insect venom contains enzymes and toxins and these can lead to blisters. ...Read more

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Fleas, bites what can I do?

Fleas, bites what can I do?

Over-the-counter med: For flea bites, people use oral Claritin, Zyrtec, or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to block histamine that causes itching. Hydrocortisone 1% cream 2-3 times a day on the bites for about 5 days will help them go away. For more itch relief, one can put an anti-itch gel such as "Itch-X" on bites. Itch-X has an anesthetic to numb the itch. If bites are growing or painful, a doctor can evaluate. ...Read more

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Do mosquito bites and flea bites look the same?

Do mosquito bites and flea bites look the same?

No: First because fleas jump rather than fly they usually are concentrated below the knees and under clothes unless the animal carrier slept on your bed. Skeeter bites are usually on exposed skin flee bites are small red spots in clusters, skeeter bites much larger, pale in center. ...Read more

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Why do mosquito bites become blood blisters?

Why do mosquito bites become blood blisters?

Mosquito Bites: Mosquitoes have an anticoagulant in their saliva, so bruising is common. There is an inflammatory response as well. ...Read more

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What do bed bug bites looklike?

What do bed bug bites looklike?

Here's a link: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-bedbugs.

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Do chigger bites blister?

Do chigger bites blister?

That is the norm.: 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, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more