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    Raait so yesterday my wife starts sending me pictures of my 14 month old Angel's little foot. Well, foot not so little anymore. Massively swollen.

    We freak out a little bit and wife is off to the GP with the little one. GP says it's an "allergic reaction". Well no $hit Sherlock. He prescribes antihistamine and Anthisan ointment.

    The only time I've seen some relief from the swelling is when I put her foot in ice water last night.

    Pictures to follow.

    We think the GP is full of it, might want to seek a second opinion as some people say Spider bite and antibiotics is needed.
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    Yeah I won't take chances. Go to another GP as quickly as possible.
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    Maybe try a pediatrician. But if you are not happy, definitely get a second opinion.
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    GPs are humans and don't have superpowers. They have to assess based on the symptoms and their experience.

    The foot certainly doesn't look great.

    If you don't trust the GP, find another one. He will at least have the advantage in that he can eliminate anthisan and anti histamines from his treatment attempts, which is probably where he would have started too.
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    The discoloring does not look good.

    I would take the kid to another GP or pead.
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    Is there a clear bite mark? I cannot see one in the picture. Edit: first picture might show a bite mark at the back of her ankle, but it does no look like spider.

    My son had similar reactions (with the little blisters) to mozzie bites when he was very small. It swelled up just like your daughters foot.
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    PLEASE get another opinion, I lost the use of my ankle, I ended up with Gangrene after a gout diagnosis. My leg was about to be amputated at the knee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    Is there a clear bite mark? I cannot see one in the picture. Edit: first picture might show a bite mark at the back of her ankle, but it does no look like spider.

    My son had similar reactions (with the little blisters) to mozzie bites when he was very small. It swelled up just like your daughters foot.
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    Spiders generally have a bite site that you can clearly see the bite marks. The site also often gets a hard welt.

    I also cant see the bite site but something like a blister beetle will make those sort of bumps and damage to the surface as it isn't injecting the venom in like a spider/bee/wasp/hornet.

    Blister beetles, bees, wasps, hornets and the like should have the swelling under control with antihistamines in 48hrs normally, whereas spider bites (the ones you need to worry about) generally are painless and leave very little damage at first with the damage coming a few days later.

    Please don't take any of this as medical advice, it is just personal experience with bites and stings from all of the aforementioned animals on a 30yr old plus victim (me!)

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    Thank you for all of the advice so far.

    Yes, I also cannot see the bite mark.

    FWIW, her older brother was very "allergic" to Mozzie bites when he was small. Also caused massive welts that sometimes had some clear liquid oozing out.

    She also has developed big welts from Mozzie bites so she does seem to be rather prone to exaggerated allergic reactions.

    The colour of the foot worries me.
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    I would be at ER already...
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    You did not say where your daughter was at the time of the "bites" happening? Was she inside, outside in the garden, did she cry immediately? Is it painful, itchy?
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    My Son got similar looking welts on his face and arms from climbing in a Rhus tree

    Anthisan and antihistamines was all that was needed ( we added calamine lotion for the itch)

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    it took a couple of days to clear up

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    Default Re: "Something" bit my daughter - advice please

    Quote Originally Posted by Kix View Post
    .. Also caused massive welts that sometimes had some clear liquid oozing out.

    The colour of the foot worries me.
    The welts are called urticaria and it is a sign of an allergic reaction. The reaction can be due to a bite, but it could also be from something her skin came into contact with. Anthistamines, anthisan or something like Calesthetic or Calamine lotion helps. It did so for my son.

    I think the color of the foot is due to the swelling.

    I am also not a medical expert but I really don't think that is a spider bite. It does not look like any of the spider bites I have seen, but I agree you should get a second opinion.
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    ps

    the skin goes all leathery and rough until it sorts itself out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steady View Post
    You did not say where your daughter was at the time of the "bites" happening? Was she inside, outside in the garden, did she cry immediately? Is it painful, itchy?
    Well, we don't know exactly when it "happened". My wife says she was at the sliding door to the garden in our home office when she cried. My wife said she didn't really know why. It wasn't a hysterical cry, and it was over fairly soon. The foot definitely bothered her during the night. I was up for about an hour and a half whilst she fidgeted and cried. I gave another dose of anti histamines and pain meds and she eventually fell asleep.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kix View Post
    Well, we don't know exactly when it "happened". My wife says she was at the sliding door to the garden in our home office when she cried. My wife said she didn't really know why. It wasn't a hysterical cry, and it was over fairly soon. The foot definitely bothered her during the night. I was up for about an hour and a half whilst she fidgeted and cried. I gave another dose of anti histamines and pain meds and she eventually fell asleep.
    My first guess then would be mozzi bites. Looks like it from the photo's. Just a guess mind you.
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    We sent updated pictures to the GP.

    He prescribed a course of Anti Biotics just to be sure.
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    Default Re: "Something" bit my daughter - advice please

    NB: I am not a doctor.
    As Lehkubu said, it looks like paplia urticaria, allergic reaction to mozzie or flea bites. Common in small children. I can't remember what our doc prescribed for my son when he had it (it was a long time ago!) but I think it was anti-histamine cream and paediatric meds.
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