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Swollen and painful mosquito bites, cause intense throbbing and expel heat. Advice?

Hi, I have recently received around about 8 mosquito bites on my body, and am becoming a little concerned as they have swollen to the point that they are extremely painful. I have had reactions to them when was younger but not to this extent. They are sending off a lot of heat around the area and they also throb. Can anyone give some advice? :)
Asked On : Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're uncomfortable. If you're certain these areas on your skin are due to mosquito bites (or some other type of insect or spider), they should respond to oral antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec), and applications of cool compresses. You can also take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, for your pain. Within 3 to 4 days, your reaction to the allergens in the bites should subside.
Now, if you're not certain that you've been bitten by some sort of arthropod (insects, mites or spiders), you could be dealing with a condition known as furunculosis, which is characterized by multiple or recurrent boils on your skin. This is a situation that might require antibiotic therapy, as boils are caused by bacteria. You can still use anti-inflammatories for your pain and antihistamines for any itching, but you'll need to see a doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics.
I hope that helps, and I hope you feel better soon!
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