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How can I cure a bug bite if i'm experiencing pain and swelling?

How can I cure a bug bite if i'm experiencing pain and swelling?

Insect bite: Try applying ice directly onto the bite for 10-15 minutes. This will relieve the discomfort and may reduce the inflammation. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How long until redness of large local reaction from bug bite fades after swelling is gone?

How long until redness of large local reaction from bug bite fades after swelling is gone?

Variable: As long as the swelling does not represent an abscess, the redness should resolve within 7-10 days. Avoid scratching it. Keep it clean and apply a 1% hydrocortisone cream. If the area becomes painful or hot or is enlarging in size think of infection and see your doctor about an antibiotic or drainage. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has swelling from an unknown bug bite. It has more than quadrupled in size in 14 hrs. Isn't bothering her. Should I bring her in?

See her PCP: This may be a simple arthus reaction to the bite but the kids PCP can confirm or exclude this before the weekend.The capillaries sometimes act like soaker hoses and lay down a lot of serum to dilute any debris injected in a bite. The process can be dramatic, and takes days to go away. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite that is circular, swelling a little bit, sensitive to touch, light red in color but with a dark red dot in the middle. What is it?

No particular bug: Bug bites are rarely unique to a specific insect. Flea bites are small and have little clear vesicles and extreme itching but this is not unique to fleas either. This lesion could be a sting or a bite, it is impossible to say. Watch for signs of infection: pus, increasing pain, redness & see doc if that happens. If numbness, tingling or severe pain,or fever, head to the ER. Tetanus shots current? ...Read more

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What kind of bug bite is hard, swelling, itches and oozes clear liquid?

What kind of bug bite is hard, swelling, itches and oozes clear liquid?

Rash: People often want to assume it is a bug bite when that is not always the case. A rash is best evaluated in person by a doctor who can truly determine if a biopsy or specific treatment is needed. Many insect bites/stings can lead to the reaction you describe but it would be best to have your doctor look at it. ...Read more

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I have a very large swollen area on the side of my neck. Seems like a bug bite. It's very painful and my neck is stiff. The swelling is not going down?

I have a very large swollen area on the side of my neck. Seems like a bug bite. It's very painful and my neck is stiff. The swelling is not going down?

See your doctor: Can't help you with what you described on this platform, meanwhile you can take an OTC antihistamine and a pain killer, unless contraindicated, and apply ice to the area, good luck ...Read more

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Bug bite on eyelid. How to bring the swelling down?

Cold compress: Cold compress ; local wound cleaning with mild antibiotic ointment for urgent care. Follow up with your doc if it fails to quickly improve. ...Read more

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How can I help bed bug bite swelling?

How can I help bed bug bite swelling?

Bed bug bites: You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. Blistering is usually a sign of hypersensitivity. Signs of secondary infection may include: ^ swelling, ^ redness, ^ warmth, ^ tenderness, pus-like discharge or red streaking. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation ; treatment. ...Read more

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Skin swelling up and it's puffy and itchy after I scratched it. But it was just a little bump and not a bug bite?

Skin swelling up and it's puffy and itchy after I scratched it. But it was just a little bump and not a bug bite?

Hives: Swelling and itching of the skin after scratching is usually due to hives (urticaria) -- or more scientifically, "dermatographism." the little bump that started it all could very well have been a bug bite, however. ...Read more

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My 3 year old has a bug bite that is swollen, red, and hot to the touch. The swelling has spread about an inch all around the bug bite.

SWOLLEN BUG BITE: CALL OR TAKE YOUR CHILD TO HIS/HER PEDIATRICIAN. AT ONCE! THERE S NO WAY OF TELLING WITHOUT A PHOTO . . . ...Read more