Bug bites are irritating, and some can be harmful. Learn to identify the type of bug bite and when to seek emergency medical care.
To treat dyshidrotic eczema, apply cool compresses, anti-itch creams, and moisturize the skin. In some cases, a prescription medication may be necessary.
Chiggers are members of the arachnid family (the same family that includes spiders and ticks). They are smaller than a period at the end of a sentence. Most can only be seen with a magnifying glass.
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To treat flea bites, wash the area with soap and water. Apply calamine lotion or an anti-itch cream like over-the-counter hydrocortisone. Try not to scratch the flea bites, as this can cause them to become infected.
The bite of a parasite-infected mosquito can cause malaria, a rare occurrence in the United States, with only about 2,000 cases diagnosed in the country each year, according to CDC data (and the majority of those are in people who recently traveled to parts of the world where malaria transmission is more common). Symptoms are similar to the flu and can include fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, and vomiting from 10 days to 4 weeks after the bite. Malaria is serious, but it’s good to know it is preventable and treatable, according to the CDC.
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Dyshidrotic eczema , also known as pompholyx , is a skin condition that causes small, incredibly itchy bumps on the hands or feet. The bumps are fluid-filled blisters that usually last for three to four weeks.
The bedding and clothing that has been in the room with the bedding will also need to be treated to kill the bed bugs or be sealed and discarded.
The best way to prevent contact dermatitis is to avoid the triggers causing the rash. To manage the symptoms until the rash has healed apply a cool compress and use calamine lotion to soothe the itch.
There are so many causes of dyshidrotic eczema it can be hard to find a specific trigger. Heat, stress, sweat, nickel, cosmetics, and soap are all common causes.
Bed bug bites appear as very itchy welts in a cluster of three to five spots. These spots can form a zigzag pattern on the body. There may also be tiny spots of blood on the person’s bedding.
A contact dermatitis rash can vary in appearance. It can appear as a red, itchy patch on the skin or as small itchy, fluid-filled blisters.
What Causes Itchy Bumps on Skin That Aren’t Mosquito Bites
Most bug bites are transmitted directly from the insect and occur outdoors. Two exceptions are bedbugs (tiny mites that live in and near beds) and lice, which spread through contact with an infected person, a comb, or clothing.
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Scabies needs to be treated with a prescription from a healthcare provider. Not only does the person who has scabies need to be treated, but so does everyone who lives with or has sexual contact with the person.
The CDC cautioned Americans that diseases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have soared in recent years.