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Infectious diseases from possible insect bites

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Hello, I have a friend who came returned from a trip from St. Martin three days ago. On Monday she got up for work and saw a bump at the side of her temple area. It is soft and can be pressed without any pain.

We stopped at the drug store-the pharmacist concluded that is might be an allergy and suggested we waited for a day or two and then see a doctor. However, my friend saw a doctor who says it is strange and did not know what it was. Maybe an allergy! And suggested have CT scan.

Can someone get us a clue as to what this might be? Do people get allergies at the side of their face?

Thank you


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replied June 1st, 2009
Infectious Diseases Answer A6700

More information about the bump like number of bumps, dimensions, whether the skin above the bump is peeling) might have been helpful.

An allergy is usually a systemic answer by the immune system to present allergens. The present allergen usually does not cause such a severe answer in other people, but in allergic people, the allergy causes a severe immune response to a substance that is not so harmful.

Given the fact that your friend was recently in a tropical country, it is possible that the bump might have been caused by an insect bite. It is hard to say what caused the bump without seeing it. Your friend might visit a dermatologist to detect the cause for the bump. Visiting a specialist for infective diseases as soon as possible, is recommended if your friend also gets a fever before the bump completely disappears in order to check for any infective diseases.

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