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Insect Bite Diagnosis (illustrated).

About 4 weeks ago I was working in the woods shirtless.
I was rewarded with 3 "bug" bites on my belly and one on my hand.
Within 6 or 7 hours these bites became very inflamed and itchy.
I suspected tick bites as I had found a couple crawling on me from the woods.
The following morning large red "feverish" areas had spread approx. 3" from center of bite marks. Went to the clinic & was prescribed antibiotics for infection - used Benadryl for itching.

The interesting part - I took a macro shot of the bite on my hand - it clearly shows 2 seperate puncture wounds - this was not apparent without magnification. The photo isn't as serious as it looks - the inflamed area is about 4 mm across - the puncture wounds about 1 mm apart.

The bites are healing very slowly - about 1/2 way healed in 3 weeks - the reddened/feverish area has subsided - Just wonder what the heck bit me . . . Spider ? Tick ? . . go figure . .

We are not qualified.
We are not qualified to make a medical diagnosis, especially in the absence of any potential suspects. Sorry, liability and other issues preclude us from helping you. Do get well soon!

Thanks, but I wasn't searchin
Thanks, but I wasn't searching for a diagnosis - as stated I've already been to the clinic & been diagnosed.

The pysician at the clinic diagnosed it as an insect bite that appeared to possibly be infected. This was a minor situation and I'm well on the mend. As an outdoors type, I've had worse bug bites than this (from infection - not toxic reaction).

Bug Guide will have to put up with me a bit longer . . :)

It was just surprising to me when the photo revealed the double puncture wounds. I was just sharing the data cause I thought it to be interesting and informative & was curious if anyone had any ideas or experienced anything similar. Perhaps in the future someone may be likewise inclined to do something as odd as to shoot a macro of a bug bite !


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