lizzie

Don't Know If This Is Sclero Related?

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Got back yesterday from visiting my Dad in Portugal. Had a great time , my Dad was in good form and the temp was 25C every day so nice to have a bit of respite from the Raynauds. As per all your advice I applied the Factor 50 so only have the tiniest hint of a tan. Anyway, why I am posting is that I seem to have been bitten by some insect yesterday ( not aware at the time, so probably teeny tiny mosquito type thing), just one bite, but has caused a hard , warm swollen area on my arm that during the course of today has grown to about 3" in diameter. I've never experienced this with a bite before and am just curious to know if it is yet another wierd scleroderma type thing (like the fact that any bruises I get never completey disappear now), or if would have happened anyway. Has anybody else noticed that they react to insect bites differently than pre-sclero?

Lizzie

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Hi Lizzie,

I'm glad that your visit with your dad went well, regarding the insect bites, I too can swell up with a mosquito bite. I don't think it is sclero related though as I have always had this reaction for quite a few years.

 

My Son who is nearly 4, recently got bitten by a mosquito on his temple. The next day it was quite swollen and the day after that the swelling and redness went down into one of his eyes. He could hardly open his eye and his eye was blood shot, it was awful. I didn't take him to the doctors though as he is going through the stage wheere he is refusing medicine, so there was no point.

It took two days thereafter for it to subside and finally go.

 

I hope that you finally find some relief soon, with the itchiness though I did apply Calamine lotion onto my sons bite,it did help some.

 

Take care

Celia

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Hi Lizzie,

I haven't heard of insect bites turning bad being a sclero-related thing, but I really don't know. Your bite sounds pretty bad, though, and I wondered if it could be a spider bite. If it doesn't clear up pretty fast, I think I would want a doctor to look at it.

 

Mary in Texas

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mosqutios were really bad this year and with the west nile virus that doesn't help either. I have noticed that my bruises are not going away like they should either I still have one from June but it is light in color.

If you still have that big bite maybe have the doctor look at it it could of been a spider bite. well good luck hopefully it will go away take care, sAm


Sam

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Lizzie, I am so glad you had a good time with your dad while in Portugal.

I'm happy to read that your raynauds liked the temps as well!

 

 

I agree withMary AND Sam, in that the bit could be either a mosquito or spider bite.

I say that because having been bitten by both, I've reacted as you.

Since I've had Sclero, only over the last year have the mosquitoes even THOUGHT I was sweet! lol One spider bite I got several years ago... the bump/rash stayed for a good six months.

 

I hope it doesn't give you problems.

Hugs, Susie


Special Hugs,

 

Susie Kraft

ISN Support Specialist

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International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thanks for the replies. doesn't itch like the usual mozzie bites so think may have been a spider, Whatever it was , it appears not to have got any worse so think it will disappear in its own good time.

lizzie

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I too swell tremendously from mosquito bites. I think it's probably a stronger venom these days due to all the repellents to control the little pests. I definitely don't think it's a sclero thing, as I know many who react the same way.


Tru

 

It is what it is...........

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Hi Lizzie

 

Don't wait see your doctor. This happened to me on vacation and it turned out to be a staph infection. Mine started out as a small bite on my calf and the next day it was huge swollen and hot. It started to ooze a white puss. I went to the urgent care facility and they tested it and found out it was staph. I caught it before I got really sick but did need to take high dose antibiotics for about 10 days.

 

They don't know why it happened but mine was not the dangerous type (resistant to antiobiotics) but it can still make you very sick from what the doctor told me.

 

Still don't know if it has anything to do with sclero no one could tell me that. Let me know how you are doing?

 

Take care

 

Lori Ann


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I agree with LoriAnn because I had the same experience when I was 13. I was bitten by a brown recluse, aka violin spider. It was red, raised, and hot, and about the size of a quarter. It was full of pus from a staph infection, and I had to have it drained at the hospital. If it doesn't go away SOON, please go to the doctor!

 

Jennifer

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Hi Lizzie,

I am not aware of insect bites being any worse because of an autoimmune disease, but I would guess that there is always that chance. I do agree with many here who have suggested you see a doctor if the lump gets any worse!

 

I have noticed in the past that I experience an intense itch and a worsening of a bite at certain times of the day. From what I understand our bodies release histamines during the day causing the itch to increase...I have also found that taking an anti-histamine will get rid of the symptoms of the bite and allowing it to heal.

 

Please keep a close watch over your bite. I hope that you feel better soon.


*WestCoast*

 

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Dear All

Thanks for your advice and concern. The bite has come to a head , discharged a bit of straw coloured liquid and the bump and redness are now rapidly disappering so think that all is Ok. You certainly sound to have some vicious insects in the US, think the European ones seem pretty friendly by comparison!

Lizzie

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