Things that bite in the night
March 12, 2007 12:29 PM Subscribe
What the hell can I ask the doctor for to treat the 75+ insect bites I've just woken up and found myself covered with?
posted by t0astie to Health & Fitness (30 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Background: I woke up at 3am and found my legs and back literally covered with insect bites. I counted up to 75 before giving up to concentrate on scouring my bedding to find the culprit(s).
I found three very small pale brown bugs with wings. I killed them. Victory! No fresh bites for the last two hours.
But. The bites that were at first small, itchy raised white lumps, like mosquito bites have... developed. Into five cent piece size hives. One spectacularly awful hive near my knee is about 7cm across. They don't itch so much as throb. They're hot to the touch and there's a red rash around them.
I look like something out of a medical journal.
The second it's light, I'm trekking to the hospital.
I'd like to know what the hell I can ask for to make it better - if anything? This is way, way beyond calamine lotion. A previous thread mentions topical sulfadiazine, and I've also heard antihistamines can reduce insect bite swelling.