Did you find a spider in your home and would like to identify it?
Perhaps you’ve been bitten and wondering what bit you?
If you have been bitten and would like help identifying the spider (or other insect), please take photos and upload them here; we’ll do our best at identifying the bug that bit you. Without pictures of the bite and description, it is very hard to determine the insect. Photos of the spider or insect will be a big help!
Of all the comments people have left about bites on this site, the following tips stand out!
- Do not pop the bite to get pus out!
- Do not wait to go to the doctor, a few days can do incredible damage!
- Capture the insect that bit you if possible – very important.
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I have this bite on my lower leg and it looks like the one in troys picture. When i walk now my leg really hurts.
Hi, I have been bitten by an unknown insect and I really appreciate if any one can help me to identify the insect.
i noticed 2 bites on my left foot @ 1:30 PM Wednesday and it itches like crazy put some lotion to help it but not at all helping i need 2 things a suggestion of how to get rid of it and what bug bit me
Thx for your time, Collin
I started having lesions on my face first, about the size of a dime. Very strange looking, have never seen anything like it. The Lab Report from the Core Samples said that the lesions were “from the bite of a anthropod (bug) bite reaction” but didn’t indentify the bug.
I’ve been to 10 doctors. They don’t know what it is, and 3 of the 1o want me to see a shrink (so, so insulting!). Because I was hearing buzzing sounds, I think it is a fly. Finally one bit me on my right hand on top. I could see the fly well. After researching, I identified it to be a Sand Fly. Another one bit my lip, which was so painful at first. Another Sand Fly. Then one night I was looking in my 17X Mirror and while there, I saw a white “thing” slowly coming out of my throat. Mom was there and saw it too. Then after the white part of the bug came the red part. The legs, eyes, head and torso all matched the Sand Fly. I could hear buzzing at night when I went to bed and everything was quiet.
Other “chatter” sounds as well, but it wasn’t coming from my room, it was coming from my throat or mouth. All the doctors thought I was nuts! Litterly. I’ve never have a mental problem in my life except some depression. But never anything that would remove me from reality. Anyway, I deducted that I had a Sand Fly Infestation. The 2 doctors at SWT Medical School both said that was impossible……sand flies carry a disease, but they aren’t parasites on humans either on top of skin or in the skin or body.
Well, I’ve been dealing with this now for almost 5 months. I’ve had up to 30 lesions on my face, neck, chest, breasts, stomach, hand, and scalp. Finally since the MD’s were of no help, I called a nutritionist I knew. But this time the fly’s were in my mouth, throat, and nose (this is just gruesome!). 6 more months and I will be dead, as they will have eaten all the mucus in my mouth, throat, and nose.
The most horrifying thing to see is that I have my tongue being eaten. I have a large eaten out place from the back to the front of my tongue. On the sides, I have slits all up and down my tongue. I can’t see anything at all. The sand fly is 1/3 the size of a nat.
NOW, here’s the worst position I’ve been in so far. I have a lesion about the size of a half dollar that is stacked up many levels with fly eggs. From the tiniest, to the ones just getting ready to be born. The are going straight into my mouth.
The nutritionist sent me some Diatomaceous Earth Powder. It will eat the fly almost instantly. I think the powder smothers their breathing passages which I’ve read is under their wings. So, with the DE, I’ve been able to heal up all the lesions except for the EGGS. It doesn’t work on eggs.
She also sent me Neem Oil, which is for the eggs, however, it ‘s not working fast enough and it can’t go down through the many levels. I’m panicked about my tongue. It’s about to be shreaded all around the tip of it.
Apparently, according to the doctors, I have a Sand Fly Infestation, which is IMPOSSIBLE. Well, it’s NOT impossible. I’ve not spend 5 months being miserable, not being able to go out in public, and feeling completely miserable and scared. I’m losing a lot (about half) of my hair, I’ve lost my appetite, I have the worst fatigue I’ve ever had and I already had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I’m beyond exhausted. No amount of sleep or rest helps my exhaustion.
I’m weak and can’t do anything. Just going to the doctor, getting ready, driving, etc., is almost more than I can do. I even hire a driver if the doctor is out of town. I’m very discouraged at this time. The MD’s have shunned me like I had leprosy. Some wanted to send me to a shrink, others say that the wounds are self induced (impossible!).
Anyway, I feel like I am going to die if I can’t stop the eggs from hatching. So far, I haven’t found anything successful. I’ve been working several hours a day and trying to remove them with tweezers one at a time. I can never keep up with the amount the flys can lay.
If anyone has any information about this, or how to get rid of the eggs, please, please write to me. Thanks for reading my post. Carolyn
I got this like a week ago, at first they were just little pink dots, then it turned swollen, itchy, and it hurt soooooooo bad. Of course I went to the doctor, he gave me prescription and said a bug bit you and infected your leg, and whatever it is you’re allergic to it. I’ve never been allergic to anything in my life!
So I’m wondering what it is so I can prevent it in the future. My leg is fine now, there are just scarred bruises there, and I’m still taking the medicine so the infection doesn’t spread. I almost lost a foot because of it! I got it sleeping in my bed apparently… I threw my mattress out and sprayed my room and did all of my laundry… so far so good. So what is it?
This I got today. I went outside to smoke a cig, and I was fine until when I was about done and my arm started feeling itchy.. I go inside and figure it was mosquitos my usual peeves that get me every year. However I saw a mosquito bite me on my other arm. And it’s a perfectly normal mosquito bite, round, pink and whtie, with a clear bite in the middle.
Well obviously these are not like that, they’re bigger, pink and do have bites on them. I’m wondering is it the same bug? Someone PLEASE TELL ME
On the afternoon of Saturday, May 19th I was outside and had been potting some plants when a deer fly lightly bit my left elbow and then severely bit my left ankle on the top. Foolishly, and without washing the soil out from under my nails, I proceeded to scratch the deer fly bite on my ankle.
By Sunday morning, the bite mark was hot, painful and had swollen to the size of a silver dollar. I went to the ER that morning and the physician on duty examined it and prescribed Bactrim (oral anti-biotic) and Bactroban (anti-biotic ointment).
By Monday it was worse. Went to the ER again and the same physician said “it shouldn’t be getting worse” so I asked him to test for Tularemia (also known as Rabbit Fever – Deer Fly bites infected rabbits and transmits it when it bites a person and it’s a nasty bad bacteria), Necrotizing Faciitis (flesh eating bacteria) and MRSA (Methacillin Resistant Staph).
He looked at it and said it’s not Necrotizing Faciitis because there was no white plaque looking skin that showed the tissue was dying and there was no blacked skin underneath. He drew a vial of blood to test for Tularemia and MRSA. He said it was most likely MRSA and then, as a precaution before the test results were back, he put me on Clindamycin. That is a VERY POWERFUL anti-biotic used to treat MRSA, Tularemia and Necrotizing Faciitis. He also gave me 600mg of Clindamycin intra-muscular (shot in the butt) to jump start the effects.
1) do not scratch bites with dirty hands because when you break the skin bacteria has an entry way into the tissue. My bad.
2) any bite that gets worse as far as getting warm/hot to the touch, feels like a bruise, starts to slough (skin peels off), develops blisters or bumps around the site, oozes, turns dark and or has redden veins going away from the site that you can see on your skin MUST be seen by a doctor.
3) you must be complete in telling them how the wound has gotten worse
4) you must be aggressive in your care and DEMAND tests or heavy duty anti-biotics to insure that any serious bacterial infection coming from a “simple bite” is stopped from spreading.
These are serious complications from insect bites.
These bites, with a thorough washing with soap and water and antiseptic (Bactine or Povidone Iodine or Alcohol) and covered with antibiotic ointment and a band aid SHOULD NOT GET WORSE IN 24-48 hours. If they do go to the ER immediately. Your life and health are worth it!
re: my daughter is almost 18 months now and she seems to have something very similar to this. have you had any luck in finding out whats wrong?
February 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm
My 8 month old daughter has 4 small red bumps and two larger red bumps. One of the big bumps have a white head and the other big bump doesn’t but they both have a hard mass under them. I popped the one with the white head a little yellow puss came out, she doesn’t seem like they bother her unless I mess with them. I don’t know if they are bites of some kind or not but please help because I can’t find anything else about it on the internet.!! Thank You
Can a spider bite cause the first joint of my middle finger to curve over and can not straighten it out?
I have a pimple looking thing on my belly. I never get pimples on my belly, and I’m fairly certain it’s a spider or insect bite of some kind. It’s red like a pimple, but twice as big as a normal sized pimple, and the hole turned black. I’ve tried to squeeze it and nothing happened. It hurts deep into my belly, and I don’t know what might have caused it or what I should do about it.
It felt like I sat on a lit cigarette, but I never saw anythin there. The next day it looked like a large ant bite. I thought it was a boil starting so I bandaged it. But the next day it had turned into an open, ulcer, white with a black dot in the middle, and red all around. It’s not swelling very much, but hurts bad!! My body aches, chills, sweating, headache, nausea, my cheast feels heavy… It’s not draining, it’s just getting a Lil bigger every day. And on the 3rd day Lil red bumps wit white tips came up all around it. They hurt when I touch them. Can anyone tell me what bit me and what I need to do???
I went to my grandma and grandpas over last weekend and on saturday I stayed the night on there couch I woke up the next morning and found that I have over 30 bug bites from my legs even to my buttocks most of the bites cluster on the side of my cheeks its really pain full sitting down I scratched at one on the calf of my leg and it got bigger and swollen. I tryed using itching cream that helped the itching go down its currently 4 in the morning on tuesday may 1st and since monday I go to sleep and will wake up way to early and I go to school tired as hell. And today we start the state test. This morning I woke up at 3am and had a bad headache and my ears aches when I press it. Can anybody help me im going insane.
My bites look exactly like Amy’s posted Dec 5, 2009. This has happened before and it must happen at night as I wake up with them in the morning. Whatever it is, I woke up this morning with bites on my neck, shoulders, and around my middle, also on my back. They itch. Did anyone figure out what it is and what to do (how to treat)?Thanks for your help. T. Martinez
i was bit by a small black spider at track and i didnt feel it till my bag hit it. the bite was the between the size of a nickel and a dime. i pt idaine on it everyday and the sweling went down. i still have it and it still hurts every once in a wile
I have ONE TINY hole in my foot.I felt nothing until I got out of the shower.My foot started to hurt.I looked at it but there wasn’t anything there..a few minutes later,I looked again.Now there is a pin prick,tiny hole there.It itches a minuscule amount and does not hurt anymore unless I touch it..but it doesn’t hurt much at all.I called the ER but they said to come in or they do not know..I am not taking a wasted trip,this JUST happened right now.Please help me..I just want to know if I stepped on a tack or got bitten by a bug…or not.
BTW I live in NJ,in Avenel.Central Jersey.
i have been bitten on my arm do u think this is a spider bite? they started out as a purple spot , like somone took a purple ink pen a drew a dot, then the next morniong they was stinging and now they itch like crazy they get bigger when i itch them . but turned black in the center of the bite?
Hey guys I recently woke up 10 minutes ago with 3 bites right next to eachoher they hurt for 5 minutes but then just stopped I was worried nd wanted to see if anyone knew wht it was thank you
I first noticed this bump on my leg after taking a nap, it was about a cm. wide with a redness around it about 3 cm. It didn’t itch or hurt at all and we saw no bite mark. Saw a dermatologist at one week. He didn’t know what it was either, but prescribed an antibiotic for 3 days and an antiinflamtory. Four days later, still not better, it’s gotten darker in the center and is starting to ache. Anybody know what it is?
about 2 weeks ago when i moved in with some family i started popping up with itchy bumps scattered on my thighs, then on my hips, my wrists, ankles, upper arms/arm pits and back. they dont go away, just become scabs when i scratch them. my initial reaction was mosquito bites, but at this time of year in washington we dont have them. i was looking around online and it looks like bed bugs, but my little sister sleeps in the bed sometimes with me and she hasnt has any complaints about being itchy. i noticed two tiny puncture wounds on each raised bump but the bumps themselvs are only about the size of a #2 pencil led. no one else in the house has them.