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A 31-year-old female asked:

i got bit by something on my foot is swelling, itchy and red. how can i figure out what bit me?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Wrong Question: It does not matter what bit you. What matters is if this swelling red lesion is an infection, abscess, or something much more dangerous than just a bite. Swelling makes me believe you need medical attention urgently. Don't you think?
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
You can't: There's no way to determine which bug bit you unless you see it. Many types of insects cause swelling, itching and redness. In terms of treatment it doesn't matter much - you just take some claritin (loratadine) or benedryl. If the swelling gets worse or pain increases then you see a doctor for possible infection.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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