- Mariana C Castells, MD, PhD
Mariana C Castells, MD, PhD
- Associate Professor of Medicine
- Harvard Medical School
- Section Editors
- David B Golden, MD
David B Golden, MD
- Section Editor — Bites and Stings
- Associate Professor of Medicine
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Daniel F Danzl, MD
Daniel F Danzl, MD
- Section Editor — Environmental Emergencies
- Professor of Emergency Medicine
- University of Louisville School of Medicine
- Ted Rosen, MD
Ted Rosen, MD
- Section Editor — Infections and Infestations
- Professor, Department of Dermatology
- Baylor College of Medicine
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:
●Kissing bugs (see "Reactions to bites from kissing bugs (primarily genus Triatoma)")
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- CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS
- Local reactions
- - Treatment
- Papular urticaria
- - Treatment
- Systemic allergic reactions
- - Treatment
- SPECIFIC ARTHROPOD BITES
- - Local reactions
- - Systemic reactions
- Allergic reactions
- Other systemic reactions
- - Disease transmission
- - Disease transmission
- Biting midges (no-see-ums)
- DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS