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Ashburn, VA
A 23-year-old female asked:

i have a small cluster of bumps on my thigh. they are in a perfect circle. the spot is red and is very itchy. could this be a spider bite or something? it is slightly raised and has gotten a little bit bigger since i first noticed it a few days ago.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: There are bugs that trigger such a response in some. A localized cluster of bumps could also be from a focused contact with a chemical /plant or other allergen like poison ivy.

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