Common Bug Bites & What To Do About Them

Bug bites are very common and a natural part of human life.  When do bug bites warrant a trip to a dermatologist?

Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites are very common when spending time outside in areas with high humidity. These bites will create a puffy red bump on the skin. You may not notice them at first, but they eventually become itchy. Scratching can easily cause the bites to break open and blister. Treating mosquito bites with anti-itch cream will usually cause them to go away after a few days. If you experience swelling beyond a minor, raised bump, then make sure to see your dermatologist.

Flea Bites

Fleas are small insects that spend most of their time hiding in the fur of wild animals or even your pets. You’ll typically see a group of three or four red bites on the skin when bitten by a flea. These bites often have a red halo around them. They’re most likely to occur on the lower legs and ankles. Very itchy skin is the only symptom associated with flea bites. Skin creams can help soothe the itch; however, you should see a dermatologist if a rash starts to form around the bites.

Bed Bug Bites

Bed bugs are small insects that can quickly infest a home. Since bed bugs are only active at night, they are often hard to spot. Bed bugs bite multiple times while you’re sleeping, usually undetected. This results in a large collection of red welts all over the body. Some people have no symptoms while others have adverse reactions. Severe cases are typically similar to an allergic reaction, so they need to be treated by a dermatologist. Make sure to call in an exterminator to remove the bed bugs from your home.

Horsefly Bites

Horseflies are large flying insects that are extremely active during the summer months. Horseflies are drawn to moving objects and carbon dioxide, so you are especially susceptible when exercising outside. Horsefly bites create large red splotches on the skin. These skin splotches contain several small red bumps. The bites can be painful and may cause you to bleed. Horsefly bites can easily become infected, so it is best to treat them with antibacterial medication.

Schedule an Appointment

Bug bites can be easily managed at home, but complications may require professional help. To meet with our dermatology team and get relief, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Arlington Dermatology or fill out our online form.