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Its very red as big as my hand, are is hot

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i got bitten by what? i have no clue! Its very red as big as my hand, Its very tender and im very sore every time i walk it hurts so bad. I have cold chills at times and hot flashes. the infected are is hot by the touch. I cant see the bite mark. And ive been very tired since the incident.


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replied July 31st, 2011
Insect Bites Answer A25632
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the history given it seems that you have had a insect bite.

First and foremost, If the bite had occurred very recently, then the signs of swelling with severe throbbing pain, itching and redness is a form of inflammatory reaction to the insect bite.

To reduce the redness and pain at the site of the bite, application of ice is adequate treatment.

Clean the area with soap and water to remove contaminated particles left behind by some insects. These particles may further contaminate the wound if not removed.

Refrain from scratching because this may cause the skin to break down and an infection to form.

Additional Nonsteroidal pain medications like Naprosen or Ibuprofen will help to reduce the pain and swelling.

You may treat itching at the site of the bite with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) in cream or pill form. Calamine lotion also helps relieve the itching.

Increasing redness, pus drainage, or streaks up the arm would indicate secondary infection, and would require treatment with antibiotics.

In case the pain is very intolerable, you might consult a doctor or visit the nearest ER for a examination and appropriate treatment.

I hope this helps to answer your questions.


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