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Red, itchy, bug bites?

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I've been getting red itchy bumps on my legs, mostly on my right leg. It's been about two weeks and I have about 10 or more bumps. They itch especially if irritated or if rubbed on something. When I first started itching my leg I noticed one of the bumps I scratched started to blow up and looked kind of like a blister. It was filled with a clear liquid and become a sore about 1/2 - 1" big. I have 2 more sores on the leg all below the knee. I think it might be a bug bite, not sure tho or if it is what kind of bug. I washed my sheets and dirty clothes and vacuumed my room. Not sure if I'll have to see a doc soon. Please help me if you know or have ideas what might be causing this.
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replied February 27th, 2017
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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 anti-inflammatory 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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