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3 days ago I had what I thought was a painful pimple on the lower left butt cheek. (in the area under the elastic leg opening of my underwear) It hurt to touch. My boyfriend looked at it and saw a dark spot in the middle of the "head" and thought it could possibly be a wood splinter or sticker. I had been wearing shorts when we worked on sprinklers and landscape which included dry bark and several plant varieties that were stickers. When he popped it, a piece of something dark and hard came out along with a bunch of puss and blood. It was extremely painful, like a hot fire place poker was stuck in me. We applied peroxide and antibiotic creme and went to sleep. The next day another piece of "splinter" more puss. Cleaned it again. The flesh around the pimple was hard to the touch, quarter size, hot to the touch and my left butt muscle hurts even to sit down. The next day there is no sign of a whole or exit of a pimple or anything else, but the flesh is rock hard the size of a baseball red hot and so painful, I can't sleep on my side and sit to my right. It's been four days, still swollen, hot and painful. I do not have insurance, and really can not afford a hospital visit.( I have been nauseated and feeling pain in my joints) but I put it down to the weird positions i have to sit and sleep in and concern over what it is I have been bitten? stung? splinter? any ideas?
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replied July 31st, 2017

Welcome to e health forum.

Any Dermatological conditions cannot be diagnosed without a proper medical history and physical examination.

The most common sources of insect bites in the home are bed bugs, human fleas, pet fleas, bird fleas, ticks, Spiders, and other bugs. But the exact insect cannot be identified just by the history provided here.

Most Insect bites will result in varying grade of inflammatory reaction which can result in symptoms like pain, redness, mild swelling and itching.

In addition, inflammatory response of the body, which varies from person to person, changes the appearance of the bites.

Keeping the wound clean with antiseptics and use of topical antibiotics (triple antibiotic) can help prevent secondary infection and aid healing. Use of antiinflammatory medications can help with any swelling and pain. Any associated itching can be helped with the use of antihistamines (benadryl).

If you have any doubts, consult your doctor and seek proper advice.

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