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i have 4 insect bites, 2 on my head 1 on my arm and 1 on my finger, the one on my finger as really swelled up, tried getting in the drs yesterday but they where full and getting to the out of hours doctor where i live is ridiculous.
woke up this morning and its worse, i think it's infected i get infections alot maybe 1 every 6weeks or so, its really painful, just feel an idiot going to A and E with something so small but they do have a minor injuries clinic
aibu to go with something so small (but sweled and painful)i think it probably only needs antibiotics at this stage
i've taken antihistamines but tey where only piriton ones, the other bites are just normal size so i think they have worked because i am allergic to most bites... started putting antibitotic cream on it yesterday when i couldnt get in to the drs because i knew it was infected with it being red hot to touch.
out of hours dr is impossible round here, they have 2 drs thats it, impossible to get an apointment with them. theres a walk in centre but its 20miles away and i dont drive
I would try out of hours or a taxi to the walk in centre before a&e. Be prepared to be triaged to the bottom category if you do just go to the hospital, an infected finger isn't an accident or an emergency really.
Yes, it sounds like it has turned to a nasty infection. Phone NHS direct to ask advice first though - there may be an out of hours medical centre for less urgent cases than A&E usually see. But if there is not one, then I'd go along to A&E (sheepishly and apologetically) rather than leave it until Monday - just in case.
Since you say they have a minor injuries clinic there too aswell as A&E I would give them a ring and ask if you can go in rather than just showing up there. Perhaps if they do have minor injuries clinic in the hospital, that is the local out of hours service. You can't really get a taxi somewhere 20 miles away, that is not reasonable. If they can't see you, then you'll have to make an appointment to see the GP and tell them it is urgent. you probably just need some antibiotics.
If a bite is showing signs of infection (hot, red, swollen) AND the redness if definitely tracking up the body (typically shows up 48-72 hours after the bite) then you will probably need antibiotics immediately and should go to wherever you can see a doctor straightaway - easily treated, but very serious if not.
By this stage a&e sounds like only option left - aside from nhs direct. But if you are prone to this then would next time try to insist on seeing a Dr, I often get told all appointments are full but when explain its for asthma and having breathing difficulties then fit me in.