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Are these bug bites?

My step son has celiac disease and is diabetic. We have animals that have been treated with flea treatment and have bombed our house because he keeps getting bite looking sores on his legs, feet and arms. We have 5 children all together and he is the only one who has these. No one else has a bite at all. Are these bug bites because he has "sweet blood" or is this something else?

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I would definitely take your son to see his pediatrician to have these skin sores looked at. Especially since he is the only one in the family who has them. There's not really such a thing as "sweet blood", which means one of two things: (1) Either these are bug bites of some sort, and your son has a more severe reaction to them than your other children; or (2) These are not bug bites and instead are some other skin condition, potentially related to his other medical problems. It is definitely the case that some individuals react very strongly to flea or other insect bites, results in severe redness, swelling, or itching. In this case, if his pediatrician thinks this is what is going on, then it may be necessary to prescribe a topical or oral medication to relieve the symptoms and speed healing. On the other hand, there are several other skin conditions that need to be ruled out. For example, people with diabetes may be more prone to skin infections by bacteria than other people. Similarly, people who have celiac disease sometimes suffer from a blistering skin condition called dermatitis herpetiformis. Your doctor will be able to consider these and other possibilities, so make an appointment as soon as you can!

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