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Fingers have been bitten by insect and joints are swollen and inflamed, red and itchy?

Fingers have been bitten by insect and joints are swollen and inflamed, red and itchy?

Itchy: An ice pack and oral 25mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) 3 times a day may help. If not, consult a HealthTap doctor for either a steroid cream or oral steroid called prednisone. ...Read more

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I woke w 6 unknown bites - swollen/itchy/painful- on abdmn/groin and felt ill 4days. 1mo later flu-like sympt r gone but now hav joint pain-what cud it b?

I woke w 6 unknown bites - swollen/itchy/painful- on abdmn/groin and felt ill 4days. 1mo later flu-like sympt r gone but now hav joint pain-what cud it b?

Tick borne illnesses: The bites you received could have come from ticks which carry lyme disease, bartonella diseases, Ehrlicia infections, and babesia illnesses. which can cause joint pain at one month after the bites. The best thing you can do is see your primary care provider and have him or her take blood to identify whether you have been infected, There are antibiotics available to treat these diseases ...Read more

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I have a swollen, red, itchy raised area between my knuckle and lower joint of index finger. It is warm and swelling is same after 1 day. What is it?

I have a swollen, red, itchy raised area between my knuckle and lower joint of index finger. It is warm and swelling is same after 1 day. What is it?

Sounds like : Your finger may be getting infected. But it could also just be a reaction to some bug bites or contact dermatitis. You may try taking Motrin and anti- histamine to see if this improves your finger. You can also apply neosporin antibiotic ointment if you are developing localized infection. Otherwise ,you need to see your doctor about it especially if with fever , in pain, feeling numb or worst. ...Read more

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29 year old male with sudden onset widespread joint pain. Symptoms concentrated on left side of body, swollen hands and itchy skin no rash no bug bite?

29 year old male with sudden onset widespread joint pain. Symptoms concentrated on left side of body, swollen hands and itchy skin no rash no bug bite?

Needs evaluation: The onset of these symptoms can have many sources. These symptoms can be related to connective tissue disorders, viral infections, medication reactions, among others. Some of these can be serious and should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have serum sickness without presence of fever? (3 yr old, onset 12 days after starting amoxicillin, itchy rash and swollen joints)

Is it possible to have serum sickness without presence of fever? (3 yr old, onset 12 days after starting amoxicillin, itchy rash and swollen joints)

Usually not possible: fever is present in almost all cases, could there be exceptions, yes, but also it could be something else other than serum sickness, hard to make a diagnosis or suggest treatment on this platform, you need to see her doctor or a doctor who can guide you well, ? Order some lab tests and imaging studies after careful history and physical exam, good luck ...Read more