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Having a small patch in the forearm between elbow and wrist. hurts when touched. Can feel a small lump too. Cause and treatment?

Hi, I have a small patch, about 2cm long of skin on my arm, which is 1/3 between my elbow and wrist that is very painful. It generally aches a bit, but to touch it is very sensitive and painful. There doesn't appear to be any bruising, and I don't recall hitting it in any way. I think I can feel a small say 1.5 cm narrow lump or raised something under the skin.
Asked On : Wed, 1 May 2013
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Thanks for your query

From the description of the skin lesion that you have developed, it looks like you have developed a lesion of insect bite or Vector dermatitis.
It is a peculiar, irritant contact dermatitis characterized by a sudden onset of red lesions on exposed areas of the body.
The disease is provoked by an insect belonging to the genus Paederus.
Now you need to apply an antibiotic/steroid combination cream over the lesion twice a day.
Take oral antihistamine like levocetrizine once a day to decrease the swelling.

Do not use any moisturizer till the time the lesion heals .
Sometimes oral steroids or antibiotics are needed if the lesion increases in size or persists.

Hope it helps
Wishing you speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Sun, 9 Jun 2013
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