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to tell my DP to see a GP tomorrow

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ControlGeek Sun 06-Oct-13 18:37:59

Yesterday, DP was out working in the garden and felt something sharp irritating his finger. He couldn't see anything but was able to get his ring off with some difficulty. It's been driving him crazy since, and now his finger and the back of his hand have swollen up and gone red. What was a small red lump a little like a nettle rash yesterday is now a large (ish) blister. He has pain going all the way up his arm and the pain, itching and irritation in his finger and his hand is almost unbearable. I've made him put a bag of frozen veg on it just to stop him rubbing it.

He went to get the pharmacist's advice earlier today, but because he's diabetic he can't take much so just has 10mg one-a-day loratadine tablets. He was advised to see a GP if it hadn't improved by Tuesday. He's not a wuss so if he says it's bothering him then it's normally enough to floor an ox. I've also kind of freaked us both out by googling UK spider bites and seeing very similar pictures to DP's blister.

AIBU to insist he tries to see a GP tomorrow or should we wait til Tuesday or beyond?

Alliwantisaroomsomewhere Sun 06-Oct-13 18:40:07

See a GP tomorrow. You have nothing to lose by getting it seen to earlier. Hope your DP is ok!

TobyLerone Sun 06-Oct-13 18:41:16

It could well be a spider bite. He really ought to get it checked out just to be on the safe side. That doesn't sound like a normal reaction to something.

ControlGeek Sun 06-Oct-13 18:41:21

PS I've put up pictures of the 'bite' on my profile.

Madlizzy Sun 06-Oct-13 18:41:35

I'd get it checked at the hospital if it's getting worse.

ControlGeek Sun 06-Oct-13 18:41:59

Wow, I love AIBU! Thanks for the super quick responses smile

Methe Sun 06-Oct-13 18:44:32

I'd probably get that seen to this evening.

MoveYourArmsLikeHenry Sun 06-Oct-13 18:44:33

Yes, if it gets worse go to a and e. It looks so painful your por DP

FortyDoorsToNowhere Sun 06-Oct-13 18:44:35

He should go, it could be an infection that need antibiotics or an allergic reaction that may need antihistamines

TobyLerone Sun 06-Oct-13 18:44:43

That looks nasty. The biro is a good idea.

ControlGeek Sun 06-Oct-13 18:46:55

Thanks everyone, DP asked if he thought it was A&E worthy (nowhere else is open near us) but I said I didn't think it was.

toby 'twas mn that taught me to draw around rashes and swellings smile

ffluffy Sun 06-Oct-13 18:47:13

Those photos look awful. This isn't just a normal bite/sting. I would get him checked tomorrow morning but agree with Madlizzy, head to the hospital if it gets worse.

CajaDeLaMemoria Sun 06-Oct-13 18:47:29

A&E now. That looks like an infection, and it could spread to his bloodstream. I was made to go instantly when my hand started to swell, and his is a lot worse than mine was. Ow.

Madlizzy Sun 06-Oct-13 18:51:56

Having seen the pictures and the fact that it's spreading, he needs to go to A&E now before he gets really poorly.

fusspot66 Sun 06-Oct-13 18:53:14

A & E tonight. As a diabetic this could make.him really ill. And pack an overnight bag. Seriously.

OohDoctorDarcy Sun 06-Oct-13 18:54:34

A&E or at least OOH. Especially if the AHs aren't working.

hugsandbutterflies Sun 06-Oct-13 18:57:30

That looks serious and I would be going to A&E right now just to be on the safe side.

DragonMamma Sun 06-Oct-13 19:00:33

Another one who would head straight to A&E. That is not a normal reaction to have to a scratch. He needs to get it seen to ASAP.

Good luck.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Sun 06-Oct-13 19:00:39

I would get that checked NOW. It could be an infection that could spread and leave him septic. Or a reaction. It needs treating

gamerchick Sun 06-Oct-13 19:01:00

He needs anti hystemine really soon. If you haven't got any then you really shove him to hospital.

quietbatperson Sun 06-Oct-13 19:02:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

oldgrandmama Sun 06-Oct-13 19:02:41

Yes, definitely get it seen now. Also, check if tetanus jabs up to date.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sun 06-Oct-13 19:04:20

Definitely A&E. My DM had something g similar and it turned out to be cellulitis. She was in hospital for a week. Not trying to scaremonger, but I wouldn't wait.

Cupcake1985 Sun 06-Oct-13 19:05:54

Why are you even questioning it? Go and get it checked now.

NationMcKinley Sun 06-Oct-13 19:06:27

Absolutely A&E: looks like cellulitis in which case he'll definitely need antibiotics - possibly intravenously. The fact that he's diabetic can complicate things so he should definitely be seen ASAP. Please let us know how he gets on!

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