A 36-year-old female asked:
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my 15 month old was bitten by a mosquito close to his eye last night and this morning the eye is swollen shut. what can i do?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
It happens: The soft tissue surrounding the eye will often puff up for a couple days after such a bite. The response is a protective one where the capillaries leak serum to dilute any toxin & prevent it from invading the blood. I would just watch the area for any redness or drainage that would suggest an infection. A 15 mo won't let you apply a cool compress, but diphenhydramine might help if it itches.
Answered on Jan 26, 2018
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