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Swollen red bites above eyelids, hard to touch, taken benadryl, having fever, diarrhoea. Reason?

my son had a small red bite above his eyelid that had swollen up to the size of a dime and was partially closing his eye. It was hard to the touch and he winces when someone touches it. Brought him to the doctor but they said to give him benadryl until the swelling goes down. Now he has a fever and diarrhea , not sleeping well and is not eating or drinking very well. Is this really just a bug bite?
Asked On : Sun, 17 Jun 2012
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Dear parent,

Thanks for the question. It may be that the symptoms are unrelated, but if there is worsening of the redness, pain, or swelling of the eyelid, one has to worry about a superimposed bacterial infection, such as a periorbital cellulitis, which usually requires antibiotics. I enocurage you to have the child re-examined to rule out such complication, that, by itself, can give fever and malaise as well.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
Answered: Fri, 25 Oct 2013
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