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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 red, itchy bites on my legs, ankles, and feet. They hurt and I'm not sure what bite me and now they are swollen. What should I do?

I have red, itchy bites on my legs, ankles, and feet. They hurt and I'm not sure what bite me and now they are swollen. What should I do?

Skin reaction: Many patients can have a skin reaction after getting bitten. Mild swelling, redness and itchiness are somewhat initial normal responses. Occasionally, some patients will have worse reactions due to an allergic response. If you are concerned you should have an exam done with the correct diagnosis and treatment plan! ...Read more

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I've several insect bites on my foot and one large blister has formed over a bite, some swelling&alot of itchiness. Should I seek medical treatment?

I've several insect bites on my foot and one large blister has formed over a bite, some swelling&alot of itchiness. Should I seek medical treatment?

Seeking medical: Attention is never bad or wrong, afterall, you do have a problem. Alternatively, l if you feel comfortable using a sterile instrument you can pop the blister allow it to drain and place some antibiotic ointment to the site and bandage it. Change daily and monitor the wound and yourself for any fever or signs of redness or swelling by the bites. ...Read more

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Dry soles of feet not itchy, red and swollen, I feel they always look a bit swollen? Why? Have used athletes foot. Still feel puffy hard. Flat feet

Dry soles of feet not itchy, red and swollen, I feel they always look a bit swollen? Why? Have used athletes foot. Still feel puffy hard. Flat feet

I think you are on: The right track thinking that this could be Athlete's Foot. Making sure, probably by seeing a Podiatrist or Foot Specialist, might be your best first step. I can't tell from your question if your soles are also red and swollen or NOT red and swollen. If yes, a rare condition called erythromelalgia might be considered. Consider a Dermatology consult, too. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected. ...Read more

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Feet, ankles, calves swollen, wear 2+ sizes bigger pants, shoes, like this approx 2yrs, goes up to waist @times. Skin on calves discolored, itchy, bumpy, thic?

Feet, ankles, calves swollen, wear 2+ sizes bigger pants, shoes, like this approx 2yrs, goes up to waist @times. Skin on calves discolored, itchy, bumpy, thic?

Sluggish return.: There is a whole host of conditions that can cause the swelling of the lower extremity. Typically the vascular system is involved, including the venous return. The lymph vessels might also be responsible. To remove all doubt, have your leg evaluated by a vascular specialist. You can certainly begin by consulting with a family practitioner first and then be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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I have swollen feet, ankles and calfs with red marks (not itchy) under the skin, they have been swollen for three weeks and water tabs did nothing?

I have swollen feet, ankles and calfs with red marks (not itchy) under the skin, they have been swollen for three weeks and water tabs did nothing?

Lower ext edema: Hi, you need to see a doctor ASAP, it could be as simple as venous stasis due to Varicose veins but infection, kidney problems, heart problems and lung and liver problems should be ruled out.
Feel better soon. ...Read more

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My foot/lower leg is extremely itchy and swollen now that I'm itching! Especially around the ankles! I have taken telfast but the itch is so bad!?

Must: Find the cause of the itching! Could be many things and once correct diagnosis then should be able to treat. Might want to see dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a itchy, flaky "rash" on the outside of my ankle (for years-treated for psoriasis).& now my lower leg & foot are swollen.& my leg aches.

Psoriatic arthritis: Sorry to hear. There could be many things related or unrelated to your psoriasis. One related cause could be psoriatic arthritic at those joints. However, that inflammatory arthritis is better diagnosed by your rheumatologist. If you don't have one, may be wise to have your medical history, symptoms listed, and get a blood test with diagnostic imaging. Good luck. ...Read more

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Both of my feet and ankles are very swollen and painful! Also my hands are swlen and itchy! I elevate my legs and the swelling does go down a little?

Both of my feet and ankles are very swollen and painful! Also my hands are swlen and itchy! I elevate my legs and the swelling does go down a little?

Varicose vein/c doc: Although this may just be from varicose veins, since they are painful, you need to see your doctor to make sure that you do not have a blood clot in the leg veins which may lead to life-threatening consequence if not treated. That swollen and itchy hands are likely from contact allergy (something you use on your hands) which may require a dermatology consultation. ...Read more

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Can someone explain to me how come my foot so swollen and itchy?

Can someone explain to me how come my foot so swollen and itchy?

Many possibilities: This issue now is are you under the care of a doctor. If not get one..... ...Read more

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Tonighti suddenly got a swollen spot on the bottom of my foot just below the ball of my foot. It was kinda itchy at first but hurts. Its soft & redish?

Tonighti suddenly got a swollen spot on the bottom of my foot just below the ball of my foot. It was kinda itchy at first but hurts. Its soft & redish?

Possible infection: There could be a foreign body in your foot with associated early infection. I would recommend that you have it examined by a physician, in case antibiotics are warranted. ...Read more

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My right foot has swollen on the bottom and is itchy, I have had it for over a day?

My right foot has swollen on the bottom and is itchy, I have had it for over a day?

Swelling of concern: Female, age unstated says, My right foot has swollen on the bottom and is itchy, I have had it for over a day? Did one work outdoors in the garden, on wet ground? Any insect bite? What about other irritants and allergic contacts? Is it painful? Is it red? The swelling is of concern and one should have the MD take a quick look at it to be reassured. ...Read more

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Stepped on a toothpick, foot is swollen, itchy and red. Should I go to a dr?

Stepped on a toothpick, foot is swollen, itchy and red. Should I go to a dr?

Yes indeed: All signs that an infection is developing. This would mean immediate attention. Entrance wounds need to be cleansed and drained. Antibiotics are required to eradicate punter wound infections. Other consideration are the amount of time since injury and tetanus shot status. ...Read more

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I got stung by a bee on saturday, my foot is still extremely swollen and extremely itchy what should I do?

I got stung by a bee on saturday, my foot is still extremely swollen and extremely itchy what should I do?

Secondary infection?: You may have developed "cellulitis, " a secondary bacterial skin infection due to introducing germs to the site from the bite itself, or from scratching the hive (which should have resolved). Take a pen and draw an outline around the whole red area & monitor the swelling. Should be shrinking. Worth an ASAP visit to the doc who may prescribe an antibiotic pill and diphenhydramine or Atarax (hydroxyzine) for itch. ...Read more

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How to get rid of a dry, itchy, swollen, bubbly foot rash?

How to get rid of a dry, itchy, swollen, bubbly foot rash?

Depends: There can be many causes of what you are describing from a type of eczema to a foot fungus. It is important to determine the diagnosis to formulate a treatment plan. This i'd best done itch a clinical exam. ...Read more

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Need help docs! My 3 most left toes on my left foot are red swollen and itchy. Why?

See a foot doc: You could have an infection which developed from athletes foot. There are other possibilities as well which is why an exam is prudent, . ...Read more

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I removed a bee stinger with a tweezers from my toddler's foot. Foot fine 1st day, swollen and itchy 2nd day. Worried part of stinger still in foot?

I removed a bee stinger with a tweezers from my toddler's foot. Foot fine 1st day, swollen and itchy 2nd day. Worried part of stinger still in foot?

Not likely: Bee stings tend to get worse for 48 hours then begin resolving over subsequent week. Removal of stinger is good and unlikely that any could be retained. ...Read more

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I have a swollen itchy thumb the area is painful now because I irritated the area. I am having the same problem on left foot. It feels hard both areas?

I have a swollen itchy thumb the area is painful now because I irritated the area. I am having the same problem on left foot. It feels hard both areas?

? Dactylitis: Swollen finger and toes could indicate dactylitis is especially if it looks like a sausage. It would be nice if you send a picture. Other considerations include serious infections and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid and reactive arthritis. These conditions can sometimes cause rapid joint destruction and need to be evaluated urgently. ...Read more

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I just had a burning sensation in my leg with bruising and swollen, also itchy, what could it be? Can it be vain that burst?

I just had a burning sensation in my leg with bruising and swollen, also itchy, what could it be? Can it be vain that burst?

Vain burst: When a vain burst it can cause a burning sensation, leading to bleeding under the skin, which will result in bruising.
The fact that a lump formed would urge me to suggest the you see your GP as there can be many reasons for this to happen. ...Read more

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I have two toes on one foot that are very itchy, red and slightly swollen. They are not blistered or cracked. What could it be?

I have two toes on one foot that are very itchy, red and slightly swollen. They are not blistered or cracked. What could it be?

Tinea Pedis: 9 out of 10 times the problem is athletes feet or tinea pedis which is a fungus infection of the skin. Buy an over the counter fungus cream and apply it twice a day between the toes and on the bottom of the feet for 1 week. Rub it in well. If it doesn't improve in a few days or gets worse, see a local podiatrist. ...Read more

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What to do if I just woke up because my foot is super itchy and now my eye is swollen! Help!?

What to do if I just woke up because my foot is super itchy and now my eye is swollen! Help!?

Allergies: Patients with allergies can develop scaly, red and itchy skin around the eyes and on the eyelids and other parts of the body from allergies. This skin condition is called allergic dermatitis or allergic eczema. You can use a hypoallergenic cream/lotion: cetaphil or lubriderm and consider contacting your medical doctor about taking allergy pills-such as Claritin (loratadine) or allegra. ...Read more