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the bite mark won't go away

By Anonymous September 3, 2011 - 11:54pm
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Something bit me on my wrist 1-2 months ago and the mark is still there. It was small and now it's big - a size of a dime. It only itches when I touch it.
I didn't really think about it much because I thought it might just go away in a week or 2. but this is just too long and I don't know what to do with it. I've been putting on neosporin and a bandage for 3 days now and there's no sign of getting rid of it. What should I do?

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Since you are worried that it has been too long, you can choose to call your doctor, or go to a walk-in clinic so a doctor can visually inspect the bite.

In the meantime, you can also check your symptoms at: Insect Bites: Check your symptoms.

I am unsure why you are using neosporin on the insect bite, or covering with a bandaid. Are there signs of infection, or an opening (puncture wound) on/around the insect bite? If you have only a raised bump that is closed, not infected, not swelling and not actively spreading (growing bigger), try not using neosporin or a bandaid, and see if the insect bite improves on its own.

My only concern from your description is the bug bite is "big" now (size of a dime is not very big, but that it has grown). If it has grown recently, this could indicate infection. If it became larger within the first few days after the bite, it may have been from scratching the area unknowingly (since you said it was itching).

Lastly, it sounds like you have no other symptoms: headache, dizziness, fever, difficulty swallowing, infection, rash that is spreading. These are signs from an insect bite that you would want to immediately contact your doctor.

If you are worried, by all means call your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic. If you are OK waiting another week without using neosporin (and again, have no other symptoms), this is another option. (For some people, neosporin used for this length of time can cause some irritation to the skin).

September 4, 2011 - 6:15am
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