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Bit by an insect on back of leg. itchy and swollen into purple mass, warm to touch. Suggestions ?

Hello. I was bit by an insect on Thursday night on the back of my leg. It was very itchy and has gradually swelled up to form a large, purple mass. It is hot to the touch and has turned solid to the touch. This is not the first time it has happened, every summer when bit I swell up and lose the use of the limb in question. This however is very dark in colour in comparison to previous bites
Asked On : Wed, 22 Aug 2012
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Hello miss_mk,
Insect bite usually cause swelling but in your condition it is large and coloured dark
This might be due to infection or local abscess formation. Do you have any fever, if so you need to take antibiotics consult your family physician
If your swelling is big enough he may do a procedure called incision and drainage to remove collected pus. It will get better.
Answered: Wed, 22 Aug 2012
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