Bite Blisters

Bug bites can be quite annoying, but in most cases they are harmless. While most bug bites or stings can cause swelling, redness, pain or itching in the area that is affected, others can result in a bite blister. There are a variety of types of bite blisters and these can often be addressed right away to minimize your discomfort and the risk of additional symptoms.


Types of Bite Blisters



Insect Bites

People who are sensitive to insect bites can develop fluid filled blisters called bullae or circular areas filled with fluid around the bite called weals.

Spider Bites

One to two days after being bitten by a spider a pustule or blister can form on top of the area. In a small number of cases a bite from a brown recluse spider can cause swelling or blistering that leads to the development of a dark scab called an eschar that covers the blister for around a week after you have been bitten. It is important to have such bites inspected by your doctor as these ulcerated areas may continue to grow if they are not treated.

Bee Stings

Bees, hornets, wasps or yellow jackets cause a painful sting that is commonly associated with these types of reactions. Wasps, hornets or bee stings will cause swelling, redness, itching and warmth immediately after the incident. You may also experience a blister in this area

Tick Bites

Tick bites can cause a red lump to appear where you were bitten but this is not usually painful. If the bite is severe you may experience bruising, itchiness, swelling or blistering near the bite area.


Mites cause bumps to appear on the skin which may be accompanied by blistering or itchiness.

Home Remedies for Bite Blisters

General Care

  • image002You should always avoid scratching at a bug bite. This will increase the itchiness and swelling in this area. This can also cause the blister to rupture which will cause pain and increase your risk of developing a secondary infection.
  • Immediately applying an ice pack to a bug bite can help to provide quick relief. This will help to reduce the burning sensation associated with bug bites while allowing red bumps from the bite to fade.
  • Covering the affected area with an adhesive bandage will help to protect your blister from further damage. Covering a blister with a cool, damp compress can help to relieve itchiness without damaging the skin.

Natural Remedies

  • image003Aloe Vera can be applied three times a day to bug bites to provide relief of your symptoms.
  • Plantain is often applied externally to provide relief for insect bites or blistering. Create a poultice of plantain leave or shred a plantain leaf and apply it to this area to reduce your symptoms. Many ointments contain plantain to reduce itchiness or swelling from bug bites.

OTC Options

  • image004Create a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water at a 1:1 ratio and apply it to your bug bites with a cotton ball. Gently wash this solution away with cold water after a few minutes. Cover the area with antiseptic ointment afterward for the best results.
  • Ointments that contain calendula can be applied to blisters. This common home remedy is particularly effective on insect bites or mosquito bites.
  • Calamine lotion is also known for providing quick relief for bug bites that are particularly itchy or uncomfortable.

Preventive Measures for Bite Blisters

  • image005Working to keep your home free of bugs will help you avoid excessive bug bites. Keep your upholstered furniture and bedding exposed to sunlight and clean out travel bags to avoid a bed bug infestation. Wood furniture should be dusted at least three times a week to prevent bugs. 
  • Inspect the crevices of your furniture or walls to remove bugs that may be living here. If you notice bugs, spray insect repellent in their dwelling zones to prevent nesting.


Secondary bacterial infections can be caused by bug bites. Any serious reactions to a bug bite should be investigated by your doctor a quickly as possible to prevent a potentially dangerous reaction. You should also consult your doctor about any herbal remedies you have been using to treat bug bites as these may have unwanted side effects that could be damaging to your health.

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