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Bite with white head and red circle

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My son has a bug bite on his leg. At least I think its a bug bite. It has a white head in the middle and is red about half an inch around. Within the red circle, the skin and underneath is hard. It seems to get bigger with each day. Any clue on what kind of bug bite it is?


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replied November 19th, 2010
Insect Bites Answer A17114

Hello, and thanks for your medical question on eHealthForum.

Based on the history, it is likely that your son has a bug bite. What you describe sounds like a tick bite, which may have occured while playing around the garden or the farm. The lesion you described may be Erythema Migrans. It is neccessary for a qualified physician to examine the skin to confirm either scenario. The physician will subscribe an appropriate treatment.

Other potential causes may be a skin infection (Cellulitis), possibly due to an inadvertent injury following a fall while playing around.

Again, a physical examination and direct visualization by a physician is needed to properly diagnose and treat your son. A physician will also consider information such as your son's age, and any other symptoms such as fever, etc. Consult your GP or a dermatologist for proper treatment.

I hope this helps.


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