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My 2 yr old got bit by some sort of insect yesterday, the swelling is this size of a golf ball on his forehead, what should I do?

My 2 yr old got bit by some sort of insect yesterday, the swelling is this size of a golf ball on his forehead, what should I do?

See your doctor: If it's swelling that much, either he's having an allergic reaction which needs treatment, or the bite may be infected, either way, a visit to his dr is in order. ...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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What can cause acute inner elbow lymph node swelling golf ball size bilateral. Passed kidney stone 2 days prior.see dr 2morrow. Took flomax (tamsulosin) for stone

What can cause acute inner elbow lymph node swelling golf ball size bilateral. Passed kidney stone 2 days prior.see dr 2morrow. Took flomax (tamsulosin) for stone

Lymph node swelling: This location of lymph node swelling typically associates with an inflammatory reaction at the elbow or below, in your forearm or hand. Did you have an IV in your arm or hand? Flomax (tamsulosin) could lead to an allergic reaction but I think you would see other evidences. Are nails and fingers irritated? Do you have a rash elsewhere? ...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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My husband have his left foot swelling he said he felt like an insect bite last night.Google search said take ibuprofen, but how many times a day?

My husband have his left foot swelling he said he felt like an insect bite last night.Google search said take ibuprofen, but how many times a day?

Every 6 hours: The timing for Ibuprofen is every six hours as needed. However, this will help with pain and somewhat with the inflammation, if thee is still a lot of swelling or itching from the bite, diphenhydramine (Benadryl) may be a good additional medication to try. Cool compresses are also helpful. ...Read more

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Hi I rolled my ankle yesterday and there is swelling the size of a golf ball around my ankle bone but the pain goes up to my calf from my ankle?

Hi I rolled my ankle yesterday and there is swelling the size of a golf ball around my ankle bone but the pain goes up to my calf from my ankle?

Ankle Sprain: It sounds like an ankle sprain from the excessive inversion. Sometimes with high grade ankle sprains a fracture of the fibular bone could be present. Might want to rule out this possibility getting xray of ankle and proximal tibia/fibula. The other thing to bear in mind is that the ligament that stabilize the ankle could have also been teared. So if therapy and meds don't help get an MRI. ...Read more

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Knot size of a golf ball just under my chin.Doesn't hurt. Was taking prednisona.My face started swelling.Stopped but still swelled. What do you think?

Knot size of a golf ball just under my chin.Doesn't hurt. Was taking prednisona.My face started swelling.Stopped but still swelled. What do you think?

Get seen: Now. This is cancer until proved otherwise. I suspect the face is swelling because it's obstructive the veins in the neck. Many cancers that announce themselves like this are curable at this stage. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Hello i woke up with golf ball size swelling on the outside of my elbow after a night shift is this serious thank you?

Hello i woke up with golf ball size swelling on the outside of my elbow after a night shift is this serious thank you?

Ruptured Bursa: Most Likely Ruptured Bursa or Bursitis.
Use Ice compression, and see your Doctor if you need pain medications or even antibiotics. Sometimes it may require drainage. Most patients recover without any complications.
Need to follow up with your doctor. Be Well. ...Read more

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My husband has been having a golf ball size swelling on the outer part of his right ankle for more than a year. Initially there was no pain but lately?

My husband has been having a golf ball size swelling on the outer part of his right ankle for more than a year. Initially there was no pain but lately?

LOOKED AT: He should have it looked at by a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedist. If it's a soft tissue growth, it's probably benign, but I have had malignant soft tissue growths present exactly like that. ...Read more

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Golf-ball-sized areas of swelling behind (beside) my ankle bones. 33, female. No discoloration, no pain. Overweight, no hypertension. Non-smoker.

Golf-ball-sized areas of swelling behind (beside) my ankle bones. 33, female. No discoloration, no pain. Overweight, no hypertension. Non-smoker.

Ankle swelling: I am glad you do not have hypertension and don't smoke but being overweight is not good at your age. You need to see a specialist about this.
More important for now, you must see a foot specialist about your ankle swelling.

Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more

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Jaw swelling before tooth extraction. Had oral surgery size of golf ball on left side was told fluid buildup. How do I reduce swelling?

Hot towel: It is common to have face swelling after tooth removal especially infected ones. Cold compression for the first day following the surgery and warm compression after 2 and 3 days of surgery is recommended to reduce the swelling. Painkiller like Motrin also will help because of anti-inflammatory effect. ...Read more

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I drop a 30ish pound table from about 2 feet on my foot it is swelling its about half a golf ball lump is it fractured?

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I drop a 30ish pound table from about 2 feet on my foot it is swelling its about half a golf ball lump is it fractured?

Maybe (not) . . .: Get an xray. That's only way to know for sure if bone is broken or not (short of it being at a funny angle or sticking thru skin). ...Read more

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My right foot first started swelling under by foot at the base of my middle toe around the distal end of my metatarsal area. It felt as if i was walking on a half of a golf ball. The swelling got worse and now my middle toe is extremely swollen and the ba

My right foot first started swelling under by foot at the base of my middle toe around the distal end of my metatarsal area. It felt as if i was walking on a half of a golf ball. The swelling got worse and now my middle toe is extremely swollen and the ba

Swollen Toe: Joints swell when fluid in the tissue surrounding the joints increases. Swollen joints are common in people with arthritis, infections, gout, and joint injuries. Treatment for swollen joints depends on the cause of the swollen joint. See your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Elbow swelled up like a golf ball. Swelling left but lower arm then bruised.Bruising gone now - elbow slightly tender after 1 month. Is this Normal?

Elbow swelled up like a golf ball.  Swelling left but lower arm then bruised.Bruising gone now - elbow slightly tender after 1 month.  Is this Normal?

No, see doc!: You need to see your doc and find out why this happened. You may have gout, for example, or another problem that needs treatment. If you have pain your are not yet fully healed and you need to find out what is going on so you can get that way! In the meantime, avoid activities that make it hurt, if possible, to give it time to heal. Happy Holidays. ...Read more

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It has been 8 days, I have a medial and lateral ankle sprain, unsure of grade but def 2/3. Swelling ankle like a golf ball, bruising and pain in my shin. My ankle is stiff, X-ray show no break, tried stretching did not work, is this normal?

It has been 8 days, I have a medial and lateral ankle sprain, unsure of grade but def 2/3. Swelling  ankle like a golf ball,  bruising  and pain in my shin.  My ankle is stiff, X-ray show no break, tried stretching did not work, is this normal?

Yes: The ankle will swell for quite some time. Ice several times daily, elevate the extremity and if you can safely take it, ibuprofen will help. Once you can begin range of motion this should help with swelling as well. If you are not in one I would recommend a pneumatic cam walker and ask your physician for consult for physical therapy. The therapy will be most important. ...Read more

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Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Will an insect bite cause swelling in upper left arm?

Yes: Some can. This is called an arthus reaction and represents the release of chemicals into the local blood vessels that trigger swelling. ...Read more

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I have horseshoe size bruise/swelling that appeared on top of spine. I didn't do anything too physical and it's not an insect bite ?

I have horseshoe size bruise/swelling that appeared on top of spine. I didn't do anything too physical and it's not an insect bite


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See doctor: If there is no trauma or insect bite, you need to ask your doctor to take a look at it since the area involved is sizable. ...Read more

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What could cause rash, blistering/swelling, and scabbing on ear.. With no history of burns, scrapes, insect bites, or contact with allergens?

What could cause rash, blistering/swelling, and scabbing on ear.. With no history of burns, scrapes, insect bites, or contact with allergens?

? Impetigo: What you describe sounds suspicious for impetigo, a strep infection of your skin. You can have a tiny break in your skin that you were not even aware of, and the normal skin bacteria could then enter in and cause a local strep infection. The "scabbing" is what makes me especially suspicious. Try washing with antibacterial wash, put on antibiotic ointment, and if not better in a few days, see doc. ...Read more

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I have a bug bite the diameter size of a golf ball on my leg. It is puffy and hurts when it is touched. I am in france on vacation. What is it?

Infected Insect Bite: You most likely have an infected insect bit reaction. You will need to be treated with oral antibiotics and topical and or oral prednisone. ...Read more

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I Recently moved and have been getting bit since. We checked for bed bugs but didn't find any traces of them. The bites golf ball size and very itchy.

I Recently moved and have been getting bit since. We checked for bed bugs but didn't find any traces of them. The bites golf ball size and very itchy.

Dermatology referral: It's hard to begin to diagnose this problem properly without a visual examination. I suggest you see a dermatologist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis, treatment plan and advice in dealing with what may be causing this problem. ...Read more

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Son killed an unidentified bug on his arm. Today it's red, golf ball sized bite that itches and is "uncomfortable". Concerned or no?

Son killed an unidentified bug on his arm. Today it's red, golf ball sized bite that itches and is "uncomfortable".  Concerned or no?

Large local reaction: This likely not a big problem. Use ice, diphenhydramine, and topical hydrocortisone to treat the swelling and itching. If your son's symptoms spread to other parts of his body, or he complains of difficulty breathing take him in to be seen by a doctor in person. ...Read more

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Insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain. Can I use any cream on this?

Insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain. Can I use any cream on this?

Yes: If that red, painful and swollen with joint pain you may have a soft tissue infection, cellulitis. You need to see your primary care doctor or the emergency room physician. ...Read more

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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