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Red inflamed bites on arm and lower back, swollen eyelid. Calamine lotion applied. Recommendations?

My boyfriend woke me up in the middle of the night last night with a bunch of bites on his arm and lower back. I on the other hand did not have one. He treated the bites with calimine lotion and went back to sleep, only to wake up with a very red and swollen eyelid, also around the bites are very red and inflammed too..could you tell me if you advise to go and see a doctor.
Asked On : Mon, 1 Apr 2013
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Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum

Looks like you have developed a lesion of Vector dermatitis, also known as Paederus dermatitis..
Paederus dermatitis 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.
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 or oils till the time the lesion heals .
If the lesions continue to increase inspite of the above treatment, then you might have to see a dermatologist as in severe cases, short term courses of oral antibiotics or oral steroids may be required.

Hope it helps
Wishing you speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Sun, 23 Jun 2013
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