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Insect bites

Mariana C Castells, MD, PhD
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David B Golden, MD
Daniel F Danzl, MD
Ted Rosen, MD
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Anna M Feldweg, MD
Elinor L Baron, MD, DTMH


The bites of insects may be a minor nuisance or may lead to serious medical problems, including transmission of insect-borne illnesses and severe allergic reactions. Arthropods that commonly bite humans include:

Mosquitoes (see "Malaria: Epidemiology, prevention, and control", section on 'Mosquito life cycle')



Kissing bugs (see "Reactions to bites from kissing bugs (primarily genus Triatoma)")

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