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Q. What can be done to manage itchy red dots due to bug bites?

Answered by
Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have bug bites that appeared as small red dots first and then turned into bigger, more normal bug bites within two days. I have washed my bed sheets twice and got more when I was away in another city for two nights. They are itchy, but there is no pus or anything. I have about a dozen of them. Do I need to go to a doctor?

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Cosmetology Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology


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I have read your query in detail and viewed the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

Probable diagnosis:

The condition seems to be papular urticaria, which is due to an allergic reaction to an insect bite, fleas or bed bugs.

Treatment plan:

1. Continue with Loratidine 10 mg, you can take it twice a day for a week.
2. A combination of steroids like Mometasone and an antibiotic like Fusidic acid to be applied over the lesions twice daily for one week.

Preventive measures:

Wearing fully covering clothing will help. Insect repellants or sprays in your home or office.

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