• mike b mike b
    November 11, 2008
    Red, hard bumps on legs that look like bug bites. What could they be?
    mike b mike b
    November 11, 2008

     

    A few weeks ago, I noticed a few red bumps on my leg and assumed they were mosquito bites. A few days later, there were about 15 bumps. They have turned hard, itch and are sore to the touch. Lanocane helps stop the itching but the bumps are not going away.  Should I see a doctor?

     

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  • HealthGal
    Health Guide
    November 13, 2008
    HealthGal
    Health Guide
    November 13, 2008

    There are many different causes of red bumps so it is impossible to say with any certainty what might be causing this. Some possibilities include:

     

    Bed bugs – Bed bugs can cause red bumps on the skin that are itchy. They usually disappear within a few days but if you do have bed bugs, you can continually have bites.

     

    Flea bites – When bitten by fleas, you can experience small red bumps that resemble a rash. They may or may not bleed and often itchy. You might develop hives. Flea bites tend to be in groups of three or four and are most commonly found on ankles, armpits, around your waist and in the bends of your knees and elbows.

     

    Ant bites – Some types of ants bite. It can be painful and result in a red bump, which ends in a blister. The blister can remain for up to about a week. Ant bites can be itchy.

     

    Mite bites – Mites, including dust mites, can bite or cause an allergic reaction which looks like small bug bites and can be itchy. The bite of chiggers, which is one type of mite, will turn hard around the bite.

     

    Scabies – Scabies are from mites that burrow under your skin. The red bumps can look like acne and be very itchy.

     

    You did mention that the bumps became hard after a few days. This is one of the characteristics of Chigger mite bites. A dermatologist should be able to help you determine exactly what is causing your red bumps and provide you with information for treatment and prevention.


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  • dremo1944 September 17, 2009
    dremo1944
    September 17, 2009

    I have red hard bumps on my leg that initially look and feel like a bug bite because they are painful.  Then a blisher forms and there is a hard center that forms the blister in a day or so.

     

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  • vince July 13, 2010
    vince
    July 13, 2010

    I have the same thing on my thighs , red , bump sores then they become pimple looking things , with white heads , and pus comes out , it itches alot . i'm one of those people that like to itch and pick so i have scars all over my thighs , at first i thought it was bed bugs to since i slept in the basement , i moved upstairs , washed my pillows , sheets and blankets but i just kept getting them . they only occur on my thigh area , no were close to my no no area . lol but . my left one is clearing up , but i still get some in my right .

     

    - here is my answer , just try to leave it alone put non itch cream , uhm where clean clothes , idk i still dont really know ! help me ahh .

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  • Southern Mama February 09, 2010
    Southern Mama
    February 09, 2010

    Well I have bumps that have been occuring maybe every three months that are only from my knees down to my ankles and they look like little bug bites and then swell up in a day or two and hurt really bad. Then the surrounding redness becomes the size of a quarter or larger and then after about two weeks of bumps like this, it goes away, but they just started back on me. I thought it was chiggers at first, but it is not that. I also thought it was bed bugs, but I have washed my sheets and blankets 4 times in the past two weeks, and if that was the case my son and boyfriend would have them and they don't. Then I thought maybe there were spiders in my truck but then I got a new truck so its definitely not that. I am starting to think it is some kinda of blood thing....I haven't been to a doctor for it because I can't afford it but I think it would be a good idea.

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  • billbradlyjr July 23, 2009
    billbradlyjr
    July 23, 2009

    look up Chiggers!!!

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    • pamij
      May 05, 2010
      pamij
      May 05, 2010

      I have the same thing but they itch horribly. I have lived in the Ozarks my entire life and thought it was chiggers but they are only on my arms and legs...nothing on my torso. It is VERY unusual for chiggers not to bite around the legs of underwear, waist bands, etc.

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  • scene June 01, 2009
    scene
    June 01, 2009
    I have the same thing right now. And I thought that it was bed bugs, but I haven't seen any. So now I have the doubt. Would you please let me know what was yor diagnosis?   thanks, READ MORE
  • Belmarrahealth December 11, 2012
    Belmarrahealth
    December 11, 2012

    Hi

    In my opinion you had better consult  a doctor and tell him about you problem.I think it is not single issue.But please do not take tension about this.

    Thanks.

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    • donna
      November 25, 2013
      donna
      November 25, 2013

      i had the same thing happen too, started out like a bug bite got painful and red also hut to touch went to doc said does not really know what cause is  she said it was Erythema Nodosum

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    • donna
      November 25, 2013
      donna
      November 25, 2013

      i had the same thing happen too, started out like a bug bite got painful and red also hut to touch went to doc said does not really know what cause is  she said it was Erythema Nodosum

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  • Hatenot November 01, 2012
    Hatenot
    November 01, 2012
    Praise The Lord!!! I have stopped the itching. A friend of mine told me it was just dry skin. So I went to the local dollar store in the town I was in earlier today and bought "advanced Lubricating skin lotion" it was just a $1!!! For 20 ounces. 2 hours later and still no itching. Plus it only took A few shirt minutes for the itching to stop. I wanted to share this with everyone that is Suffering like I was. Good luck and God bless READ MORE
  • Peaceful_Fire September 17, 2012
    Peaceful_Fire
    September 17, 2012

    I have the same thing going on ... I thought it was mosquitos because they've been so bad around here and I even had 8 all at once walking into my apartment one night. But I continue to get bit every night now. I wake up with at least 2 new bites every morning but only on the one leg. I've washed my sheets repeatedly and checked the bed and there are no bed bugs... Plus they usually don't just go for one area they go all over and my daughter would have bites (she still sleeps with me) but she doesn't. They itch really bad and then hurt really bad once they develop the puss.

     

    If anyone knows what this is please let me know... and also What is the best way to treat this... It is miserable and some are starting to scar now. (I'm going on week 3 of this).

     

    Thanks!

     

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    • Hatenot
      October 31, 2012
      Hatenot
      October 31, 2012
      I also have the exact same red bumps. They're mostly on my ankles, with a few around my knees and on my thighs. They're miserable to have. The first time I got them was about 2 months ago, I kept them for 1 1/2 months and they cleared up. Now they're back starting the same cycle. Please someone help. Thank you for your time :) READ MORE
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