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HomeAnswersDermatologypaederus dermatitisMy skin appears red after a bite. How should I treat it?

I am bitten by something and the area looks red. How can I be treated?


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Published At November 12, 2017
Reviewed AtDecember 28, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Three days ago, I think I was bitten by something in my sleep. It does not seem to subside on its own, so I am not sure what to do. The area looks red and is kind of warm. It feels like a bruise. I do not have any fever or weakness. I feel like this is something serious, but I am not sure how to take care of it. What do you recommend?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your concern may be paederus dermatitis. I suggest you try Linical lotion (calamine) along with hydrocortisone cream. Apply them twice daily to the affected area.


Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep
Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep


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