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I keep getting bitten by something and this past week ive conjured up around 18 bites. They feel just like mosquito bites but a couple of them have been a lot ichier than a mosquito bite. Nobody else in my house seems to be getting bitten even when we are in the same room which leaves me feeling paranoid. I've gotten them mostly on my legs but also on my arms and ankle and even on my toe. I don't know what it could be, although it happens mostly in the evening. They are just raised bumps on my skin but I tend to itch them until my skin breaks. I've tried some different creams on the bites on my ankle since they're in such a difficult place but they didn't help at all. Please help me figure out what this could be

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replied October 29th, 2017
Insect Bites Answer A62470
Welcome to e health forum.

Most likely you have a insect infestation. The exact cause cannot be determined due to the lack of complete history.

The most common sources of insect bites in the home are bed bugs, human fleas, pet fleas, bird fleas, ticks, Spiders, and other bugs. Most of these insects have the following features.

1. Usually bite after dusk or at night
2. Tend to be near slow-moving water
3. Often seen resting on ceilings and upper walls
4. Associated with cats and dogs as pets
5. Often found when moving into a home that used to have pets
6. Will switch to biting humans when pets not present
7. Bites often clustered around ankles and lower legs

Some steps to help prevent such insect bites include -

Wearing Long sleeves, long trousers, socks, shoes and gloves ; Tucking in shirts, tucking pants into socks - to help protect you from stings.
Closing the windows in the house and the car to keep the insects out.
Looking out for insects' nests in your home or garden and have them removed immediately.

Fleas often bite four or five times in the same area so you may find a couple of these clusters on your body.

When accommodations are not adequately screened or air conditioned, bed nets are essential to provide protection and to reduce discomfort caused by biting insects. If bed nets do not reach the floor, they should be tucked under mattresses. Bed nets are most effective when they are treated with a pyrethroid.

In case, you keep getting such bites, inspite of the above measures you can seek help from a professional insect and pest management company, for proper help. This might help to solve your problem.

Other possible causes which can be mistaken as insect bites include - allergic reactions to food or dust, Viral or bacterial infections, scabies and others, which can be ruled out by proper physical examination by your doctor.

I hope this helps.

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