Due to a horrific MVA 10yrs ago, I have had enough interaction with doctors, hospitals, nurses, therapists and pharmacists that I feel as if I have as great knowledge about medical issues as they do. Of course, I don't, but years and years has drilled quite alot into my head. I do try to make informed decisions prior to introducing new medications, and I try to avoid doctors and hospitals if at all possible, but praise them for saving my life. I have seen so many doctors in 10 years that if I can treat something I have at home with home treatments, I am all for it. I do trust doctors and rely on their many many hours of study and so much on their experiences. That is what brought me to this site.
Why I was concerned enough to contact this site, you Dr., is because of number of odd presentations. I first saw a deep red raised area in a perfect circle, smooth flat top, no puncture marks, no redness or rash or raised areas anywhere around the outer area. I didn't feel any bites, like from a spider although brown recluse spiders are common here. It looked at first like a bad, deep cigarette burn (only larger in circumferance) but has no pain I would associate with a burn. It did itch and was extremely tender when I first noticed it. Being circular, maybe ringworn, but within an hour the shape and color ruled it out. That is when I immediately took Benedryl as a precaution. I took my temp, noticed it was elevated slightly, so I did take Tylenol to deal with that. The top of the leision went from raised and smooth, to more swollen, raised a bit higher, the top layer of skin on the lesion had been maybe dissolved or the full lesion came through it. It later evolved to having a lighter red area surrounding the lesion, not in any pattern (circular), swelling and itchy, but very tender. As I was searching for your sight, I noticed it has progressed yet again to some oozing, the flat top of the circular lesion having a bumpy appearance, still some itch but more pain, the swollen outside area growing somewhat, still itching and not as painful. Then a new area about the size of a fist that really itched. There are no striations to indication vein/blood travel. I understand you analysis of a secondary infection from an insect bite, maybe spider (yuck). I have medications, but will, on your recommendation, force myself to see my doctor tomorrow. I have cleaned it, applied and taken medication, just hoped it would be "apply Neosporin" and done! I thank you. My big circle lesion and I am not in medical danger, but still needs to see a medical doctor. You were informative and I will pass this site on to many others. You won my business and that of my friends and family. Peg