Ok, I'm freaking out.....

United States
March 3, 2007 8:36am CST
My 2 year old daughter is allergic to many, many things. Well, yesterday morning when she got up she has 2 bites on her leg. She has scratched the tops off whatever kind of bite they are and I can't tell whether they are spider bites or mosquito bites now. Her leg is swelled and they are oozing like crazy. They don't feel like they have fever in them though. I know last year when she would get bit by a mosquito she would swell pretty badly. My cousin's daughter swells also so I called her and she said not to worry that that's all they probably were. But, how do you tell between a spider and mosquito bite when they've been scratched so badly? I've tried and tried to find pics on the internet that resemble what she has going on, but I can't find one that looks like hers. I can't find hardly any pictures at all. So, if you can help me out in ANY way, please let me know!!! Wouldn't a spider bite have fever in it? Thank you in advance!
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@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Stephanie, What is it oozing? Is it clear fluid or pus? Is there any chance it could be chicken pox? I got attacked by chiggers when I was little and my mom put me in warm bathwater with baking soda. It was very soothing. Also try calamine lotion to dry them out. The benadryl is an excellent idea too. Cover them with something so she can't scratch anymore. Keep an eye on them and take her to the doctor if they get worse or if she starts acting strange. Really tired or wheezing.
• United States
4 Mar 07
It's clear fluid. No, I don't think it's chicken pox or chiggers, she only has two spots. I'd hate to think what she would look like if she had either of those. She's so allergic to everything. That's why I think they are just mosquito bites more than anything. She's taking the benadryl and I use hydocortisone cream and calamine lotions, it just makes her pick more. She's acting fine...not tired or wheezing. Thank you for your response!
@okedoke (67)
3 Mar 07
I have noticed i get marks like that show in the first reply...and it seems to be i have them when i get up in the morning, but after a couple of hours the itching has stopped and i have forgot about them....and then again in hte moring the same thing again.......i did wonder if it was our cats having the odd flea, but they havent been allowed in our bedroom for about 3weeks now, they get treated every couple of weeks as a neighbours cat has them and we hate to see ours itching. I will be keeping an eye on this disscusion as it could also help me.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
We don't have cats....but I hope you find some useful advice!
• United States
3 Mar 07
Dont You think it best to take Her to the hospital just to be on the safe side. Poor Little Thing.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Yes I do...I'm going to take her first thing when she wakes up. I really don't think they are spider bites though...I think they look as bad as they do because she has just picked and picked at them... It's better to be safe than sorry :-)
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 07
Steph I don't know as I have never heard or seen a Spider Bite but why don't you ring your Doctor to make sure what it could be. Also try putting anticeptic cream on it.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I will, I haven't yet because I've been putting creams on to stop the itching because she won't leave them alone. I will soon though...I just wasn't sure about mixing the creams :-)
• United States
3 Mar 07
My dad swells up HORRIBLY with mosquito and nat bites so it very well could be that. Now, I got bit by a spider when I was a teen and the bite had red streaks coming from it. It was a poisonous spider, so not sure if all spider bites do that or not. Since it was yesterday and it's only swollen, it probably won't hurt her any even if she is slightly allergic...I would think she would already have breathing probs and all if she were severely allergic to the bites. If there are red streaks, though, you need to get her to the doctor. I hope she's fine.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Thank you for your response! She don't have red streaks, but I'll definitely keep an eye on her, because my one son gets blood poisoning all the time. Have a good day!
• Canada
3 Mar 07
i'm allergic to a lot of bugs. once i got bit by a horsefly 2 different places, foot and leg. i swelled up so bad i couldn't walk and couldn't even fit a sandal on my foot. the marks were as big as half of a baseball. most of the time it's not a problem and it will go away but that's when it's just swollen and not when it's oozing like you said. once i got bit by something on the chest. not sure what and i ended up with blood poisoning. the blood poisonning was almost at my heart when i got to the hospital, they told me one more hour and i would of had some major problems with poison in my heart. anyway if it's oozing and doesn't look normal then i would take her into the clinic and just have it checked out.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I'm going to. Thank you for responding.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
3 Mar 07
Does your Dr. have an on call line over the weekend. Knowing she is allergic they probably would not mind you calling. I would be worried that she could have further complications. Do you happen to have a friend that is a nurse? Maybe you could contact them. I would definitely give some benadryl to at least try to get her to quit picking at it.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I don't have insurance right now. And we just moved here and I haven't found a doctor yet. I think I'm going to take her to the emergancy room tomorrow morning if they don't look better. I've been giving her the benadryl and she seems to not be scratching so much. Thank you for responding.
@mmiller26 (1932)
• Canada
3 Mar 07
If she's waking up with these bites, you might have bed bugs. My mother-in-law had a problem with those in her apartment building, and whenever my husband would go there he'd get bit. He has an allergic reaction to them, and the bites swell to the size of half-dollars and are red, hard, and puffy and itch like crazy. Do the bites look like this? http://www.worldtrip.co.uk/gallery/australia/melbourne/bedbugbites.jpg
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• United States
4 Mar 07
Oh thank goodness that ISN'T what they look like. Hers are BIG. She has two of them about 1/2 inch away from each other and the leg is swelled like she has about 1/4 peice of a lemon ~sliced longways~ under the skin. I wish I could show you all a picture but my camera won't transfer the picture for some reason. She has peeled the tops off of both of them and now they are seeping puss (clear). And it looks like she has tiny little blisters forming around the opening of where she has peeled it. Which I figure is from her scratching so bad. If it isn't looking any better by morning, I'm taking her to the hospital. Thank you for the picture!
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
9 Mar 07
I think it would. I am pretty sure that if it had an infection in it, surely it would have been hot.
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@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
4 Mar 07
I'm not sure if your pediatrician works on the weekend, but you may want to try and have him paged. If that doesn't work, try a pharmacist. I know that mine seem to know just as much as a doctor. I'm sure she's fine, but better to be safe.
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• Canada
4 Mar 07
I'm thinking it might be better not to wait and to get her straight to the hospital. Especially if you have no clue what bit her AND she's scratched the tops off them and they're oozing. I'm not suggesting that it's something dangerous, but with you stating that she's allergic to so many things, I would have thought it better not to take that chance. I hope you get it sorted out soon, and find out what it is.
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• Israel
4 Mar 07
Dear Stephanie, There are many types of spiders and most of them are not dangerous to men. It might be that the mosquito's bite was so irritating for your doughter, that she scratched so hard it swelled badly because of that. Try to calm the irritating feeling or avoid the scratching for the swelling to fade away. There is no need for alarm right now... About your doughter's allergies - there is a great solution for that. A Japanees company developed natural ways to make our bodies more resilient to many "bad" things - including viruses, allergic stuff, cell phone radiation and the likes. Contact me if you want to hear more about it - If you could tell me where you live in the US, I can send you to one of their Info centers. Lots of health for you and your family,Yonatan
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
4 Mar 07
Oh to me these bits sound very much like mosquito bites, oh you would really know if it was a spider bite, and your daughter would be really sick from these bites if it was even though most spider bites will not kill you they would be very different. Yes a spider bite would definately have fever in them. I think that you had best buy a mosquito net while your baby sleeps.
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@aries6484 (279)
• India
4 Mar 07
you have to take her to doctor before anything happens.But you should take care of your child properly.they need proper care and love at the growing stage otherwise it will be a problem for us.
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• United States
4 Mar 07
I have 3 children So, I have had to deal with both mosqito and spider bite's.A spider bite will have a red ring around the bite, and the bite will appear to be getting bigger like a hole is being ate into the skin. That is what the poison's are doing and will require medical attention immidiately.Mosqito's have plauged my home for year's, because in the south it's breeding ground's for these pestky insect's.Not much you can do, but I will say I have found calimine lotion work's real good on most insect bite's.
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• Philippines
4 Mar 07
my son's skin is very sensitive also, a simple mosquito bites would make his skin swollen. but i do not worry about it, it will go back to normal after 3 days.and i do not put any medication. i do not know spider's bite would make skin have fever in it.i think you should consult a doctor.
• Canada
4 Mar 07
If in any way you are not sure , I would get her up to the hospital to have it checked out . My oldest daughter is also allergic to mosquito bites and I have never seen anything ooze from it before . It swells and gets all red and even though she scratched it , I was still able to tell it was a mosquito bite . I don't to scare you in case it is nothing but I would be a little nervous about this and even if you don't want to take her maybe you could jusst call the hospital to see what they say as you don't want to wait til it is too late . Best of luck !!
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• China
4 Mar 07
I strongly suggest you take your daughter to see a doctor as soon as possible. As my experience,she wouldn't fever if mosquito bites . so I think it could be a spider or some kind of venomous insects.
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@GardenGerty (103874)
• United States
4 Mar 07
Call the emergency room and ask for a nurse on duty. She will ask for pertinent info, and let you know if your daughter should be brought in. There is a benadryl creme that I would apply topically, to help with the itching. Make that call first, and do it anytime you have a concern. That is what we have always done.
@ironstruck (2299)
• Canada
4 Mar 07
I would not hesitate to have a doctor check her over if things get any worse. You never know what type of reaction she might have or what exactly may have bitten her. Most likely the doctor would know right away. If the itching persists, calamine lotion is excellent and can be bought over the counter.
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