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On Tuesday evening, I was, I presume, bitten by an insect of some kind on my thigh. When I went to bed, I noticed a red pin-prick and thought nothing of it.
By morning, the pin prick had grown to a red area about half an inch wide by an inch long, with a pinkish circle all round. The red area is not tender and does not itch, but the whole leg aches a little. By yesterday evening, the red area was about an inch in diameter and the pink area all round was probably five inches in diameter and it's about the same this morning.
I've put some antihistamine cream on it, but it doesn't seem to have had any effect. Should I be concerned and seek medical attention or is it all perfectly straightforward and will heal in its own time (don't want to waste medical professionals' time if it's nothing to worry about!).
I would get it checked - DH was bitten by an insect a couple of years ago and didn't think much of it at first. He was away from home for a week and didn't do anything except put a bit of cream on it. He ended up with an abscess the size of a fried egg yolk, and much the same colour. When he did go to the doctor, he was sent straight to the hospital, was put on IV antibiotics and had to have it drained under GA. It left a hole about 5cm long by 2 high and about 1cm deep, which had to be cleaned out and packed with dressings every day.
OK, I've looked at it more closely this morning and if anything I think it looks slightly better. The centre is more dark pink than angry red. It's not hot or hard. I'm going to monitor it carefully and if it shows any signs of worsening I'll get onto the GP.
I was bitten on my ankle by a swarm of unknown somethings, but it itched like mad. My ankle swelled up and it moved up my leg to the knee. I had to take ABs and antihistamines as diagnosed with Cellulitis. Couldn't see the bite mark, until the swelling went down. Then saw 2 teeth marks, like a vampire. It took ages for it scab over, when I knew it was on the mend.
I get this when I get bitten - its an allergic reaction and I usually end up with a 2 inch red lump around the bite site. I usually take antihistamine and use anti-sting cream. It should settle down within 24 hours ie not spread further. If it does keep spreading then take yourself to the GP for antibiotics.
Theres a red circle around the puncture wound that's about an inch in diameter, then another paler circle which is maybe five inches across. It's been quite achey this morning and I didn't have any antihistamine tablets, so I've just been down to the pharmacy. She gave me some antihistamines and said I should book in with a nurse to get some anti-bs.
So I went to the receptionist, who told me that the nurse couldn't prescribe antibiotics and offfered an emergency docs appointment slap bang in the middle of school run time! I'll start on the antihistamines and book a slot with the GP in the morning when the emergency appointments are released if there's no sign of improvement.
Thansk Attilla. I don't think it was a tick bite, not been trawling through any hedgerows (just sitting in the pub garden). We reckon it's more likely an ant or horsefly ... I was wearing a long skirt so whatever it was must have crawled its way up!
I'll get an emergency appointment tomorrow if it's no better with the anti-histamines in the morning.
Definitely see a gp - friend of mine got bitten (out walking in a london park - not known for poisonous insects AFAIK!) and had a horrible reaction. She left it for a while and ended up needing weeks of ABs and had to see a consultant eventually. Better to see someone sooner than later.