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    What causes a swollen red mark on the hand after an insect bite?

Posted on Thu, 27 Jul 2017 in Lump
Question: I have a red, swollen insect bite on the back of my right hand and on my left jaw. There is a red dot and then a swollen, white area. It happened during sleep and so don't know the type of insect.
Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant 7 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Antihistamine and anti-inflammatory helps further

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your query, albeit short and specific.
Noted the history and understood your concerns.
Please give additional information for me to assist you better:
Post the clear and focused photos as these help sometimes for on-the-spot diagnosis.
Since when is the problem present? Today?
Any diabetes or or medical problems or medications?

From the history you have provided, this seems to be an insect bite.
Since there is red dot with swollen white area, it would be better to take a few medications to help early resolution and avoid complications as you do not know the insect.
Take an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen if it suits you.
Antihistamine like Cetirizine or Benedryl to counter the reaction.
Oral steroids and antibiotic will be prescribed by your Doctor only if necessary on clinical evaluation and examination.
Antibiotic cream helps to avoid secondary infection only.

I hope this answer helps you.
Please feel free to ask for further relevant queries if you feel that there is a gap of communications.
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