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woke up with long, thin, oval shaped swollen area on my arm

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HELP WITH A BUG BITE!(or at least I think it's a bug bite). Yesterday morning, I woke up and there was a weird long, thin, oval shaped swollen area on my arm. I had no idea if I scratched myself somewhere or what so I just brushed it off. This morning, I woke up with the same "bug bite" around 2 inches away from the previous one. Please help explain to me if this a bug bite or not how I should treat it, etc. I have not had any crazy symptoms, just swelling and irritation around the local area. The "bug bite" itself is hard, long, thin with rounded edges. It does not extend over an inch and a half. PLEASE HELP!


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replied January 27th, 2012
Insect Bites Answer A30880
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The description of the elongated, raised skin bump, which occurs only when you wake up from bed, could be due to a injury or abrasion occurring, while you are asleep.

First and foremost you need to examine your bed to check if there are any wood pieces or any nail like projections which may be the cause of your rash like lesions.

For the time being, you can apply ice to the area, to reduce the redness.

Application of hydrocortisone 1 % ointment, available over the counter, in most pharmacies will also be helpful.

If you have any doubts, you can consult a dermatologist, who can examine you and advice you accordingly.


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