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Swollen Hot Bug Bite
Yes: Your inflammatory cells come in to take care of the bite and this causes swelling and warmth. This should subside in a day or two --if not I would be concerned about an infection--see your family doc. ...Read more
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.
I have a bug bite that is swollen to about a 6 in diameter. It is hard, red, hot & painful. Should I be worried & what might it be? I had thought ant.
Yes: It appears that this is an infection (boil) which may need to be drained and treated. I suspect that this was likely from a spider bite which is often accompanied by infection which can spread really fast due to the enzyme contained in the venom. See a doctor ASAP. ...Read more
When should I go to a doctor about a bug bite? I have two from approx 50 hours ago that are swollen, hard, and hot. Swelling has not gone down.
Now: By 48 hours these should be better. Bug bites can become infected. Let your doctor look at the bites to see if they need to be treated with drainage plus or minus antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more
I got a bug bite, and it has swollen up to size of a baseball and is hot and painful to the touch. Should I go to the ER or just wait? Took benedryl
Depends: Depends on when the bite occurred and how it has progressed, but in general I would say any bite the size of a baseball goes to the ED. ...Read more
I received a bug bite 2-3 days ago, in the back of knee. Today it is three times the size, swollen, red, itchy, hot to the touch. Help?
Insect bite: Could be because where you were bit or it could be yhids is infrvyrf. Give us a call or get seen! ...Read more
I have a bug bite on my elbow that's swollen to the size of a baseball. It's very hot to the touch and feels like I hit my funny bone only constant.
Cold compress: Also, get medical attention. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more
Steroid cream: Use hot moist packs and you can rub 1% over the counter hydro-cortisone cream 2 times daily on the bit area until swelling is gone. Do not use the steroid cream in the eye nor more than 2 weeks. See your family doctor if it gets worse. ...Read more
Got a massive bug bite which has been very swollen & very painful to lie in bed on (on the outer thigh). How can I relieve the pain?
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?
Lymph node: Any inflammatory precipitant, such as a bite or infection or injury, can cause swelling of a lymph node. If there is a red streak above or below, or if you have fevers and chills, then you should see your doctor to see if the bite has become infected. ...Read more
Depends on variables: If the bite became infected and the swelling came up after infection set it this would be reasonable. If your ear is just swollen as part of the bite reaction, the antibiotic would not do anything to help.Diphenhydramine or Cetirizine would handle the swelling better. ...Read more
I have a bug bite do not know what kind of bug I have two they are red swollen painfull and reacurring they pop blood and come back?
See a doc: While this may have started as a bug bite, or other trauma you did not notice at the time, it could be a secondary infection that is causing it to reoccur. You may need antibiotics there is an abscess or anything else going on. Best advice is to see your doc to rule out anything worrisome like that. ...Read more
Whenever I put pressure on my flesh hours later there are marks that appear. They're really hot and itchy and become swollen like bug bites.
Nothing: Really bad. SEE your doctor/ dermatology-fairly common problem, can't do much about it. ...Read more
I have a bug bite in the center of my left elbow. The bite is large red swollen and sensitive. The bite is not as bad now but what should I do?
I have a large red swollen part of my skin for about 2 days now that itches and has a bug bite in it. I just want to know if I should be worried?
Could be: Mrsa infection which people commonly mistake for spider/bug bites. See your doctor. ...Read more
I have bug bite on leg, red and swollen. I have had it for two days and seems to get worse. It has a blue/purp dot that is hard in middle. What is it?
Infection: If you are sure it was a bug bite and your whole foot is swollen it is quite possible you have a infection and yes this could be serious if left not treated see your podiatrist or family doctor and be accessed. ...Read more
Big enough: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more
Cellulitis / allergy: Cellulitis is a skin condition characterized by redness, warmth and swelling often following an injury or bite. Treatment is with prescription oral antibiotics. Sometimes an exaggerated immune response to an insect bite can cause similar symptoms, but this will generally resolve with an oral antihistamine. ...Read more
I got what appears to be a bug bite, started with itching, now it's red, swollen and burning sensation?
Bug Bite: The symptoms you are describing sound like infection. If there is a break in the skin, it becomes easier for bacteria to become involved. Sometimes an abscess will form. Some types of bites cause destruction of tissue. See your doctor to see if you need antibiotics or other treatment. Abscesses require drainage. ...Read more