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I have an insect bite on my leg that has become red swollen and hard should i be worried?

I have an insect bite on my leg that has become red swollen and hard should i be worried?

Infected?: See your primary care, urgent care or ER. Some skin infections rapidly worsen; cellulitis can extend under the skin rapidly get serious and life threatening. You need someone who can recognize the difference and treat appropriately. Brown recluse spider, tick, vespid, wasp or bee (these 3 look and feel bad but rarely get infected) among many others. ...Read more

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Insect Bites (Definition)

Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more


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I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

I have some severe bumps where you fold your leg. It burns an itches; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

As with... : ...Most things on the skin, a doctor needs to actually look at this to see what it is. It could be bites, or it could be an infection of the skin (something called impetigo). If it's getting worse and spreading, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hubby came home from work with a swollen leg from his ankle, to his knee, warm to the touch, and discolored. Ideas? He has no bug bites. Is overweight

Hubby came home from work with a swollen leg from his ankle, to his knee, warm to the touch, and discolored. Ideas? He has no bug bites. Is overweight

See doctor: Have it evaluated right away, assuming no trauma, he is either suffering from a clot to the leg or an infection called cellulitis. Either way he needs prompt attention. ...Read more

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Any advice on how best to heal a swollen leg?

Any advice on how best to heal a swollen leg?

Get a diagnosis: First of all, you need to find out why it is swollen. Once you have a reason, the best way to heal the swelling is to treat the cause. ...Read more

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Why does a swollen leg sometimes feel warm?

Why does a swollen leg sometimes feel warm?

Increased blood flow: Swollen leg can feel warm when cellulitis (infection of the soft tissues) is the cause. The inflammatory response to persistent swelling known as lipodermatosclerosis in venous disease is often painful and warm. Common denominator is vasodilation, relaxing of the vessel wall, resulting in increased blood flow, and hence the warmth. ...Read more

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Why does my swollen leg feel warm to the touch?

Why does my swollen leg feel warm to the touch?

Two possibilities.: Cellulitis is a deep skin infection which is very serious and needs to be addressed right away. It causes swelling warmth and pain and can cause sepsis. It is treated with antibiotics. The other cause is thrombophlebitis which is a clot in the deep veins of the leg. This is a medical emergency and needs prompts diagnosis and treatment. Both conditions can look identical. Get more tests! ...Read more

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Can one swollen leg mean cancer?

Can one swollen leg mean cancer?

Yes but: Other things are more common than a compressive tumor or cancer leading to a blood clot, especially at 48. Get it checked. ...Read more

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Why is my injured swollen leg warmer than the other?

Make sure that: It is not thrombophlebitis, which can lead to pulmonary embolism. You should show it to a doctor so serious conditions are excluded. ...Read more

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What could be causing a very swollen leg (without pain, or any rash)?

What could be causing a very swollen leg (without pain, or any rash)?

DVT: Any patient with leg swelling isolated to one side should be considered to have a deep vein thrombosis until proven otherwise. A simple ultrasound test to look at the veins in the legs can make the diagnosis. Other possible etiologies for unilateral leg swelling include things like lymphedema. Please get this checked out. ...Read more

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Insect Sting (Definition)

A insect sting results in an injection by a specifically designed structure of an organism and usually contains chemicals that can cause all sorts of responses, some toxic. Whereas a bite can also contain chemicals which cause all sorts of reactions but comes from the mouth parts which may be fangs or other teeth or large mandible components or simply be part of the ...Read more


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Swelling In One Leg (Definition)

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly among older people. Abnormal buildup of fluid in the ankles, feet, and legs is called peripheral edema. Swelling in only in one leg may be a serious blood clot ...Read more