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Large red swollen blotch

By Anonymous May 24, 2012 - 4:07pm
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5 Days ago I spent the night at a hotel. When I woke up in the morning I had a red bump on the side of my stomach. I figured it was a bug bite, it was the size of a dime and a little sore. Now its 3 inches wide, still red and swollen. It is still sore, and it is right where my pants sit on my waist. It feels like their is somehting (puss) maybe inside. No white center or dot in the middle though!!! I dont want to do to the doc's if they are just going to give me a topical medication! any ideas??

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Hello Anonymous,
I suspect that you were bitten by a spider and are having a localized reaction.
Try applying an ice pack to the bite for 15 to 20 minutes once an hour. When not using ice, keep a cool, wet cloth on the bite. Always keep a cloth between your skin and the ice pack. Do not apply ice for longer than 15 to 20 minutes at a time, and do not fall asleep with the ice on your skin.

This first aid tip is usually recommended for the first 6 hours following the bite. But, you could give it a try.

An antihistamine, such as Benadryl, taken by mouth may help relieve the redness and swelling. Do not take a antihistamine if you have any medical conditions that contraindicate taking this type of medication.

If you develop a fever, the lesion increases in size or you notice a white center in the lesion, consult your physician.


May 24, 2012 - 4:47pm
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