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Posted on Tue, 5 Jul 2016
Question: I'm getting bitten at night while I sleep. Typically one bite per night. Bites become very itchy after 24 hours, last about 72 hours. Ankles, wrists, above the eye, back of head. Bites above eye caused swelling around eye for two days. Some formed pustules. Trouble started over a week ago after a hike in thick hillside brush. We live in Southwrn California. We've laundered all bed clothes, and I shower daily, including after the hike. Still don't know what kind of bug is to blame. Should I be concerned about kissing bugs or ticks?
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please upload an image of the bites.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. It is quite clear that you are getting bitten by some sort of insect, it could be a mosquito or a mite, hard to comment without examining clinically. So, definitely there is a possibility of bugs or ticks being involved. However, an image could be helpful and I would insist you to upload one using the facility on the upper right of this page.

Insect bites are likely to be associated with some allergic reaction and thereby itchiness. I would not worry about it and taking some antiallergic like cetirizine once daily for a few days should help. However in case you have flare up of rashes or if you have fever be sure ot rush to a doctor without delay.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (2 hours later)
Hi.
I doubt it's a mosquito, since we live in an area where mosquitoes are very rare, and we never see them inside the house. Also, very fit Milyer with mosquito bites, having lived on the East Coast, where they were very common. I don't think this is a mosquito bite because the itching is very intense, and it lasts about 72 hours. I have uploaded an image of the bite. I have several others like this one. Three of them developed a pustule in the center. In the case of the image I uploaded, the entire firearm is a bit stiff and sore, starting at the bite and radiating outward. I have never had that kind of reaction to a mosquito bite.

Sorry there's a dictation error in the previous message. The text "fit Milyer" should have been entered as "familiar".
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (20 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Tick bite.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for writing back. Sorry for the inadvertent delay in replying. I have checked the image and it is quite evident that it is due to a tick bite. You are at risk for diseases like Lyme's disease and therefore should look out for symptoms like fever. It would still be a good idea to visit a doctor and get yourself evaluated.

Feel free to write back in case of further queries.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Suggest treatment for a tick bite

Brief Answer: Please upload an image of the bites. Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. It is quite clear that you are getting bitten by some sort of insect, it could be a mosquito or a mite, hard to comment without examining clinically. So, definitely there is a possibility of bugs or ticks being involved. However, an image could be helpful and I would insist you to upload one using the facility on the upper right of this page. Insect bites are likely to be associated with some allergic reaction and thereby itchiness. I would not worry about it and taking some antiallergic like cetirizine once daily for a few days should help. However in case you have flare up of rashes or if you have fever be sure ot rush to a doctor without delay. Regards