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A 49-year-old female asked about a 50-year-old male:

Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. itchy, dark purple spot at bite. treatment?

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Dr. David Kahan
Podiatry 34 years experience
Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected.
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