May
2014

Q&A: Something bit me on my left arm, swollen and painful, what should I do?

Ask A Doctor Question: 

Something bit me on my left arm, swollen and painful, what should I do?

Answer: 

Marian Blaesser Kahn, DNP - LocateADoc.com

Thank you for your question.
 
Where were you when you were bitten? How large is the area where the swelling occurred? It is red? Have you had other symptoms such as fever or feeling unwell? Does it itch?
 
From the information provided, it is hard to discern the problem. You might try benadryl to reduce the inflammation.
 
Monitor it if you have no other symptoms. If it changes and becomes more painful or swollen, or if you develop other symptoms, see your primary care provider or visit an urgent care center.

--Marian Blaesser Kahn, DNP
Royal Oak, MI

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