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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

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 itch; 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 itch; they look swollen red & like insect bites. What should I do? Help!

As with... : 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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Insect bite? Swollen ankle, hot to touch, very red with dot in middle, what should I do?

See your doctor now: Sounds like there is an infection.

Best to get it checked out before it gets worse or there is perminant bamage. ...Read more

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My 2 yr daughters foot(ankle) is swollen on one side. It has happened before as well. What could it be? An insect bite or something to do with blood?

My 2 yr daughters foot(ankle) is swollen on one side. It has happened before as well. What could it be? An insect bite or something to do with blood?

Unknown: What was the cause before and how was it treated? Could be bite, could be something with blood. Possible injury. I would bring her to the doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My dad is 51 and on the side of his ankle is big and swollen. It feel like his bones is swollen. But no insect bite. What can it be?

My dad is 51 and on the side of his ankle is big and swollen. It feel like his bones is swollen. But no insect bite. What can it be?

Several things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with an examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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On the side of my dad ankle is very swollen. By the looks of it its getting bad. I touch it and felt like the bones are swollen. No insect bite, it's been four months now. What medications can he takes?

On the side of my dad ankle is very swollen. By the looks of it its getting bad. I touch it and felt like the bones are swollen. No insect bite, it's been four months now. What medications can he takes?

See a DPM: After 4 months of symptoms, there has to be an evaluation. Don't guess what it could be. Consider going to the podiatrist to have a comprehensive foot examination which will many times include an evaluation as well as x-rays. There's no harm in having it checked by the expert. ...Read more

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Insect bite on ankle 2 days ago. Foot and ankle is still very swollen and throbs. Painful to walk on.taken antihistamines and iced it. No difference.?

Not normal: If foot and ankle is still quite a bit swollen have your PCP check you out as it can get infected? How do you know it is insect bite. It could be infection from the start. ...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?

Swollen leg: This is due to increase volume in the leg either blood or lymph fluid ...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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What could cause a swollen leg and ankle?

What could cause a swollen leg and ankle?

Thrombosis: An abrupt swelling of the leg can be very serious and represent a blood clot in the veins of the leg. This needs to be evaluated immediately. Other causes are usually chronic related to venous insufficiency or chronic congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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What are common causes of a swollen leg and ankle?

What are common causes of a swollen leg and ankle?

Swelling: There are so many causes I could fill the page. I will list a few and others will ad to the list. High blood pressure, injury, tendonitis, ligament tear, alcohol, diabetes, circulatory issues, arthritis, allergic reaction, blood clots etc... ...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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Swollen leg, red knees and hot?

Swollen leg, red knees and hot?

Time to see the doc: Inflamed knees strongly suggests a systemic arthritis. One red swollen knee would be more likely an infection or injury, The swollen leg would make more sense if it were both legs. Either mechanism require a doc's examination. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a swollen leg after spraining my knee?

Is it normal to have a swollen leg after spraining my knee?

I would make: Sure you do not have a clot in your calf, if there is swelling in the leg. This should be reported to your md immediately. ...Read more

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How can I help my swollen leg?

How can I help my swollen leg?

Find the cause.: There are many reasons for a swollen leg, some of them serious. This is not the forum to discuss them all. You need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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What is having one chronically swollen leg called?

What is having one chronically swollen leg called?

Venous insufficiency: If it is the consequence of a prior venous thrombosis it is called a post-phlebitic leg. ...Read more

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How much is best to walk when you have a very swollen leg?

How much is best to walk when you have a very swollen leg?

Swollen leg: Firstly, it is important to determine the source of the swollen leg. If this is result of an infection then leg elevation would be important. If this is a more chronic condition than use of a compression stocking would be very helpful and then there would be no reason not to be walking. ...Read more

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Can a swollen leg get so swollen it starts to split the skin?

Can a swollen leg get so swollen it starts to split the skin?

Yes: This is common with venous insufficiency in which patients develop venous stasis ulcerations or "holes in the skin". The problem is the valves in the veins aren't functioning properly and blood that should return to the heart stays in the lower extremity. The build up of fluid causes the skin to breakdown and open up. ...Read more

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If a swollen leg gets too swollen, can it start to split the skin?

If a swollen leg gets too swollen, can it start to split the skin?

Blisters: Extreme swelling of the leg will usually cause "water blisters" to form, rather than actually split the skin. These amy go on to form sores or ulcerations and are difficult to heal. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor do I see for a swollen leg?

Yours: Your physician is a good place to start, as he/she will know you and your risks/history. If it swells up quickly and or you at having trouble breathing, skip that and go to the er. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a swollen leg during the second trimester? I'm at 21 weeks.

Is it normal to have a swollen leg during the second trimester? I'm at 21 weeks.

Yes and No: If both legs are swollen equally this is fairly normal during pregnancy. However, if one leg is swollen more than the other you should see a doctor as soon as possible. It may be that you have a DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis) which can be quite dangerous and even fatal if left untreated. ...Read more

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Swelling In One Leg (Definition)

"Swelling in one leg" is a situation wherein one leg is swollen and ...Read more