About 3-4weeks ago I noticed a few itchy, red bumps on myself. They very closely resemble mosquito bites &, as bug bites tend to do, they appear larger after being scratched. The bumps do resolve on their own but I continue to find new ones everyday - on my legs, feet, arms, back, neck, & most recently I have started to find them on my hands. My partner & I initially assumed there must have been some kind of mites in the new apartment because the bumps appeared the week we moved into our new residence. So we've "bombed" our apartment twice now but I'm still itching. He has no sign of the bumps which are plaguing me, none of our friends have had any symptoms after spending a night in our home, even the dog doesnt seem itchy! The bumps are all over me & it's getting so I can hardly sleep at night; does anyone have a clue what this could be?
It is impossible for me to give you a definite answer on what is causing these red bumps on your skin. However, one possibility is dust mites. These types of mites can live in carpeting and that could explain why you experienced a problem after moving into your new apartment. Dust mites don’t bite – but many people do have allergic reactions to the dust mites. The allergic reaction can look like small, red bug bites or bumps. This could be why other people aren’t noticing a reaction. It could be they aren’t experiencing the same allergic reaction as you.
To get rid of dust mites, vacuum often. There are also a number of commercial products available to rid your house of dust mites. An exterminator can also help.
But this can also happen with bed bugs. There are many instances of two people sharing a bed and only one person being bitten – in reality it is only one person who has a reaction to the bed bugs.
Since you only experienced this after moving into your apartment, I would suggest looking for information on the dust mites first or consulting with an exterminator.
For more information:
Dust Mites: The Dirty Asthma Trigger
Identifying 8 Common Bug Bites
I have this same problem, my boyfriend does too, and now i see mydaughter is getting some but my son is not.. I would like an answer why they are comin back, they go away but then they will come back. I have not switched no soaps or anything. It is so weird. Pleasehelp. Would seeing a doctor really help'?
"Would seeing a doctor really help?"
ABSOLUTLEY!! They will take a culture from the infected area(s) to determine if and what type of bacterial infection you may have. This will help him determine the most appropriate treatment for you. Please remember that antibiotics are specific in the way they act, so taking something that is usually used to treat a sinus infection, for example, may not necessarily work on an infection of the skin. You will only be able to determine the type of bacteria from seeing a doctor and having him take a sample of the infection from you (which is used with a cotton swab and completely harmless).
The longer you wait, the worse it can only get. Some bacterial infections can enter the bloodstream, and if it does, your road to recovery will only lengthen, not to note that the infection can prove to be fatal at this point.
How to prevent it? I bleached the hell out of my apartment's countertop surfaces and everytime I touch anything from a doorknob to a kitchen cabinet drawer to the toilet seat, I wipe the surface with a disinfectant wipe to make sure that any germs will not remain.
Good hygiene is key in preventing reinfection, assuming that your problem is indeed bacterial in origin.
When I was first infected, I had a small pimple that I scratched on my hip. 12 hours later, the small red dot grew to be 6 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch raised off my hip. I went to the hospital where they cut it out and drained it. I couldn't put my pants on for a week, but had I waited another 6 hours to go to the hospital, I would have been fighting for my life. That's how serious this stuff can get.
SO, bottom line, go see a doctor.
It could be scabies, which is a whole other ball game. Regardless, you should go see a dermatologist to determine if that is it. It could be eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, a fungul infection, flea bites, or any other skin infections to name a few.
do i need to see a skin dr or just my normal dr?
Start with your regular primary doctor, and he or she will refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. :-)
He, I'm 16 years old. We seem to have the same problem. Started a few weeks ago, first noticed tiny red spots on my feet that were flush to the skin. Just went on vacation and some of them turned into musquito like bumps. Noticind does same little red spots on my upper body, arms and chest right now. Could you help me out? Is this normal, you said your son gets it in the sommer. Its pretty warm here this summer, could it be becaus of that. Will it go away automaticly. Live in a small town and our doctor sucks, so really do not wanna go there. Thanks.
Come on people really??? It's chiggers! They embed in your skin and continue to Bite you until you have killed them. Soap and water wont do the trick but rubbing bleach all over your body will. I know sounds harsh, if you find something more gentle. .perfect but yeah its chiggers for sure. Especially if the itch becomes more unbearable at night. Pouring mouth wash on the bite helps relieve the itch.
Get tested for CREST which is an autoimmune disease in the lupis family.
It has many skin issues, particularly on hands and arms. Extreme dryness of mouth and eyes, skin turns white when exposed to cool air or cold items.
Most doctors do not know what this is and never check for it. A dermatologist diagnosed me with a blood test 13 years after seeing so many doctors who didn't have a clue.
GaelicMeg can you tell me more about this? Other symptoms, how it started for you, etc?? I have had issues with my fingers turning white when even slightly cold for a long time now. But I only started having these super itchy "bug bites" for about a week. I jumped on line to see if I could identify them, never thinking there might be a connection! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org just to be sure I get your reply. This is very scary to me and I want to know all I can. Thank you so much, you could have saved me a lot of precious time and recourses with your answer!
bumps look like bug bites but arent and itch
you can use cortizone•10plus to help with itching. Til you can see your doctor.