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Bite of Foot - 3 months ago and spot bigger and still there!

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  • Posted By: AllInMyHead
  • August 8, 2008
  • 11:17 AM

I'm new here. I posted this another place and realized it should be here so hopefully someone will be able to help me since I've moved it.

My father-in-law just told me about a bite/sting he received about 3 months ago. It is in the area of the arch of his foot.

One morning, he put on his slippers (no socks) and felt a quick bite/sting. He didn't think anything about it and went about his business. He didn't notice until the next day that he had a red spot/bump on his foot about the size of a nickel. He waited until about three weeks passed before he went to his doctor. This place continued to slowly grow as time passed.

The doctor said he didn't think it was a spider bite. It had a small black dot in the middle of it. The doctor cut this spot/bump open. I'm not sure what all he did, but he did remove the black spot.

He waited another month. The part the doctor cut open had healed but the red spot/bump was still there. He went back to the doctor. I believe he said the doctor gave him some anti-septic and ointment or an anti-septic ointment...not sure which.

Three weeks later...the spot is the size of the lid of a mason jar. Sometime during this process he has peeled off a layer of skin fom this spot. The spot isn't going away. He said he actually thinks the days he's missed putting the ointment on it, it seems better. Don't know if this is wishful thinking or what.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?


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  • It could have been a tiny tick. Rashes from thier bites will get bigger or show up on other parts of the body.. Does he have any strange symptoms? Tick can carry a lot of different infections. If he is having any other strange symptoms, you can go to www.lymenet.org and search for pics of bites. I'd have him see another dr.You don't say if this is causing him pain?? Is it flat or raised ? Sometimes they make like a bullseye mark and other times they don't.He may have an infection in the foot now from the bite. Has he been back to the dr since he got the cream?? He may need antibiotics. I'd have him see dr and have some blood tests done...Good luck, ~~JerseyLymie
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