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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Insect Bite: Email Quite

I took my 2 year old to the park and she came back with what looked like a mosquito bite on her foot. I disinfected it with alcohol.She complained about it but I thought it would heal on its own.However a few days ago there was a bump where the mosquito had bitten her. This morning she woke up with what appears like a bruise.Her foot is swollen around the bite and has a blue and purple color spread all around her foot. She seems to be experiencing some discomfort. What should I do?

Dr Blake's comment: In this situation, with a spread of possible infection, I would definitely go to the ER. They will access things, and probably place her on antibiotics. Warm Water soaks for upwards of an hour can be helpful and drawing out an infection. You can repeat this every few hours. You can also use a damp warm face cloth against the skin, and then wrap this with saran wrap around the entire area. This is called a Koch Mason dressing. Check her temperature now and every few hours. If her pediatrician is available, let him or her know. Do not mask the pain with any medications for now. See what the ER docs have to say. I hope this helps her. Rich

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