There are many types of insect bites. Most of us know what a mosquito bite, or perhaps even a flea bite, looks and feels like.
Then there are those more 'mysterious' bites that sometimes we're not aware how we got, or even what may have bitten us.
If you happen to live in a warmer climate, as we do, there are unfortunately even more types of 'bugs' around.
I will share some photos with you here of some unknown bites I have received recently. I think I was 'attacked' by whatever it was while I was sleeping!
My suspicion is that the bites in these pictures may be spider bites, which is pretty much the 'worst' thing possible if you hate spiders as much as I do.
I did some research online about how a spider bite might look and feel, and I now realize that's most likely what it was.
I am posting the images here in case it might also help someone else to identify an insect bite they may have received.
A spider bite will apparently have only one 'hole' surrounded by a round red welt and a larger red circular patch spreading out from the bite.
Some have also said that the bite could have three holes - maybe different types of spiders? The 'itch' from it is very different from a mosquito bite.
At first, the itch was mild, which then progressed to a somewhat painful swelling with a deep itching and tenderness.
This was true for the bite I received on the back of my shoulder as well as the one on the back of my leg (which was probably the most convenient place for it to bite a person sleeping on their stomach).
The bite on my leg was the more severe of the two, and the bite also developed a large bruised looking area around it. I thought at first it might perhaps be from 'scratching' too hard, but that's not the case.
A large bruise-like area such as this is apparently typical of some spider bites, especially if the spider was larger and therefore had a lot of venom (yay?!).
One type of spider that creates an area that looks like bruising is the brown recluse. This is because their venom impairs the ability to create blood clots.
The bruised area took a day or two to appear. I was fortunate (this time) that the bite didn't turn necrotic and require an emergency hospital visit due to skin deterioriation.
Over time, the bruising began to fade, but it took quite a while (so just hang in there!). Even for a long time afterward, there was still a brownish 'shadow' around the bite.
The entry wound of the bite itself took a long time to disappear as well. It was still 'itchy' and I could still see a small red dot in the center of the bruise for many days.
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