Insect Bite

Lacerations or puncture wound made by an insect is called an insect bite. When insects bite, most of them inject formic acid into the skin, which results in blisters, swelling, pain, redness, and irritation. The common insects that bite humans are bedbugs, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, and gnats.

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Is the rash under my arm due to heat or too much friction?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a rash under my arm, which started today, which is burning and paining while moving my shoulders. I have attached the pictures. I tried to poke it with a needle to see if it is a blister and any liquids come, but only blood came out of it. I am worried that it will be related to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is the case of irritant contact dermatitis. I would advise you to take the following medications and revert to me in seven days. A. Tablet Augmentin (Amoxicillin 500 mg and Clavulanic acid 125 mg) 625 mg twice daily for seven days. B. Flutibact (Fluticasone propio...  Read Full »

What causes delayed wound healing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a traveler. Recently, I noticed that any of my cuts were taking a very long time to heal and are never fully recovering. They are leaving a small scar or discoloration. Initially, I thought that the cut did not heal as I was in the water every day for a few hours. Insect bites are t...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cut seems to be healed now as most of it show scarring. Other than that, the marks appear from scratching the skin might be due to irritation. Also, the bite is clearly visible and does not look serious. Certain mosquitoes are more notorious for causing itching over ...  Read Full »

I have a rash that is itchy and uncomfortable. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a rash that is kinda itchy and it is too warm to touch. It appeared in my lower abdomen and nothing is coming out of it. My environment did not change and my food habits did not either, despite including bananas in my diet.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are two possibilities: Insect bite reaction. Herpes zoster infection. In my opinion, your lesions are more likely to be of herpes zoster infection. Either visit your physicia...  Read Full »

What caused my face to swell?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some skin issue on my face. It looks as if some insect has bitten on it and a bit swollen. Is that due to some allergy?  Read Full »


Dr. Pooja Pardhi

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. I have seen the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like some insect bite only. Avoid scratching that area if you develop itch. You can take some antihistamine drug ...  Read Full »

Can insect bite and sweat allergy cause itching and red spots on the skin?

Query: Hi doctor, My mother-in-law, 67 years old, had severe itching and irritation last week. Suddenly itching started in the middle of the night, probably due to some insect bite she feels. Then the next day, the itching became severe, and these red spots developed. We consulted a general doctor who pre...  Read Full »


Dr. B. T. Priya

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send me some more pictures with long and closeup shots. To know which part of the body is affected, and where all other lesions are there. Does she have diabetes? Is she taking any medication?   Read Full »

Why do I always get bitten by mosquitoes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am always bitten by mosquitoes. I am the only person who is bitten here in our house. The insect bite remains red for days, then will eventually turn dark. I want to ask is there something in my blood? And what remedies can I use to lighten my scars?  Read Full »


Dr. Albana Greca

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. To understand why mosquitoes do bite you always, you should know what attracts them to get you bitten: 1. CO2 production as per metabolic rate because mosquitoes are attracted by it. 2. Obese, overweight people with low metabolic rate. 3. Wearing dark clothes. 4....  Read Full »

What should I do if my child is stung by a hornet?

Query: Hi doctor, My 5 year old daughter was stung by a hornet about four hours ago. She was fine shortly after, but after her bath, the area is red, swollen and hard about the size of a softball (at least) around it. It hurts and it is right under her butt cheek. So it hurts when she tries to even lift h...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Child Health Specialist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, Medical Gastroenterologist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hornet bite may lead to swelling and pain, fever or infection. The redness and swelling which you have mentioned are due to the inflammation. In your case, swelling is large and it was not initially at the time of the bite and increased thereafter. This indicates an in...  Read Full »

How to confirm if my symptoms are due to COVID-19 or some other infection?

Query: A couple or so weeks ago a wasp bit me it swole and the next two days I had a hard time walking, the pain was gone after that teo days. Then after about a week it became so bad that the tiny swelling became a wound and it became infected. I tried my best to clean it twice a day, put iodine and a ban...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello dear in this young age there is a less chance of diabetes but your wounds not healing may be due to insect bite allergy. If you have family history of diabetes then get it done blood sugar levels. Covid or other viral pharyngitis with lymphadenopathy or malaria or tick bite fever may also ...  Read Full »

I have painful hard bump in arm. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, Over the past few days this hard bump has been growing on my left arm and now it is decently big and it hurts to touch. I am confused because it just came out of nowhere. I am wondering if it is a cyst or tumor. I am an 18 years old, male. 5”11 , 165 lbs.  Read Full »


Dr. Peter Grutas

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did you recently sustain injury? How about recent insect bite? How long have you had this? From what size it started? Can you estimate how big it is now? Is there weakness or numbness? Can you send more pictures in different views? I will be needing these to better ...  Read Full »

How does a melanoma look like?

Query: Hello doctor, I have attached a picture. I would like to know what is this spot?  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the photo attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like an insect bite reaction or bruise. How long have you been having it? Are there any other sites involved? Is there any pain or itch associated? Are you on any medication...  Read Full »

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