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Old 08-12-2012, 09:44 PM   #11
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My husband is mildly allergic to fire ants and when he is bit this is ExACTLY what it looks like. (i say mildly because he is deathly allergic to bees so in comparison...) Pus filled lump at the center with red swelling around, sometimes up to 12" from the boil. We put hydrocortisone cream and leave it alone. Don't pop it, and I "make" him not scratch it. Sometimes if the itching is really bad I make a paste out of baking soda and water and I rub it on and leave it. It can take 4-5 days for his swelling to go all the way down.

I'm by no means an expert, but I HTH!

I think it did help, I put baking soda paste on it and ds stopped scratching at it. I wouldn't be surprised if it was an ant, ds said him and uncle O were rolling around in the yard.

Thank you ladies, I get so panicked over things, have been told many times that it is quite obvious that this is my only child.

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Old 08-12-2012, 09:55 PM   #12
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It looks like it could be a sting that the stinger its still stuck in. you can try scraping it with the edge of a credit card to see if the stinger comes out.

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #13
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Looks like a fire ant bite to me. Mine get like that!
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:26 PM   #14
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Re: OMGness, what is this????

I would get it checked out. that is what my DSs brown recluse spider bite looked like.I would use a marker or pen and draw around the redness so the Dr can see if it has got worse from tonight till you see the Dr. FX all is ok! My sons got bad and they had to scrape it out. it was the size of a quarter in just 24 hours! We went to the Dr the day before and they sent us away with nothing thinking it was just a bug bite that got infected and the next day is was WAY WORSE and he had to have it scraped out and antibiotic shots in his leg!
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I would get it checked out. that is what my DSs brown recluse spider bite looked like.I would use a marker or pen and draw around the redness so the Dr can see if it has got worse from tonight till you see the Dr. FX all is ok! My sons got bad and they had to scrape it out. it was the size of a quarter in just 24 hours! We went to the Dr the day before and they sent us away with nothing thinking it was just a bug bite that got infected and the next day is was WAY WORSE and he had to have it scraped out and antibiotic shots in his leg!
With Brown recluse bites the skin usually starts dying and turning black from the poison. If it was a BR bite the black would have already been showing by now. It would be more like a hole or and indentation instead of a swollen/puffy bump
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With Brown recluse bites the skin usually starts dying and turning black from the poison. If it was a BR bite the black would have already been showing by now. It would be more like a hole or and indentation instead of a swollen/puffy bump
This is not what happens in all cases. Brown recluse bites take 1 to 2 days to flare. Before that you can have it look just like the pic. I was bitten by a brown recluse and scratched it but since I have staph topically naturally I also scratched staph into the wound.
Either way go directly to the clinic tomorrow and do NOT squeeze anything.
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Old 08-13-2012, 04:54 AM   #17
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When I get a fire ant bite it looks like this. You may want to give him some Benadryl.
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I'm probably late to the party here, but DS1 has bad reactions to mosquito bites that look just like that. The doc says it's common and nothing to worry about. She gave me prescrition strength hydro cortisone to put on them. If I catch the bit immediately after the mosquito gets him, it almost doesn't swell at all. Otherwise, he gets giant hot welts for a day or two. Then if he scratches too much, I have to put bandaids w/ neosporin on to help with infection. It sounds worse than it is. Fortunately, central Texas is drier and has lots of bats for eating mosquitoes, so I only have to deal with it occasionally! Hoping for the best Mama!
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Yeah, my brother was allergic to mosquito bites and whenever he got bit, his mosquito bites looked like that.
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I think it looks like a boil but that wouldn't explain the itching.
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