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What do you think stung/bit me? No pics, sorry

Post by john917v » Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:58 am

I was in my backyard about 1 year ago trimming the bushes, when I felt a sharp sting on my right foot, right on top of the bones of the foot that lead to the big toe. I was wearing clogs aka doctor shoes that have several 1/4" holes in the top for ventilation. This happened near San Antonio, Tx in warm weather. A few days later, the sting/bite swelled up to the size of a mosquito bite. I pierced it with a flame-sterilized needle and squeezed out the pus, it shot out about 2 feet high. Any thoughts on what could have attacked me? I'm not allergic to bees or wasps.

Also, what are some good things to do the next time I get an unknown sting/bite?

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Post by Necrodamus » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:13 am

Seriously?
Well you can rule out most things that are venomous... since it was a year ago and your not dead.
In was small enough to create the bite/sting so it wasnt a rhino or an elephant.
Oh, yeah, you said Texas so make that a wolf or a boar.
Pick up a book on insects and take a guess.
It literally could be anything.
Sorry to sound like a smartass but there are just too many variables there.

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Post by offcamber » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:35 am

Agreed, pretty vague post about something that got you a year ago, lol.

It really could be anything.. I'm one of those lucky folks that pretty much gets a small localized infection with every bee sting or insect bite that involves venom.

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Post by bigmattdaddywack » Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:40 am

Fire ant?
Don't you have those evil bastards down there?
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Post by Whiskey » Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:22 am

Sounds like one of those mutant ants like they have at Ft. Sam down there. One of the guys in my AIT platoon ended up doing front-back-go's in the middle of one of their nest areas. Did not go well for him.
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Post by mariposa » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:59 pm

bigmattdaddywack wrote:Fire ant?
Don't you have those evil bastards down there?
I'll second this. My daughter and I have both had fire-ant bites swell up and get infected.

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Post by raptor » Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:02 pm

Sounds like a snipe to me. Those are some evil creatures....

Seriously it could be anything. Rather than play amateur surgeon next time you are better off letting a dermatologist or GP deal with it.

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Post by ednemo » Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:43 pm

Most bites can be immediately tended with an antihistamine.

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Post by yossarian » Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:23 pm

Amputate. Immediately. It could be a Deadite and if it gets into your hand it can go bad in a hurry.
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Post by thesupremeking » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:09 am

el chupacabra. 100%
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Post by JustJay » Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:44 pm

most likely it was a fire ant. you're lucky you didn't get a couple.. they hurt.

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Post by Pug Puppy » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:40 am

A number of years ago, I heard a vet say that benadryl is good for copperhead snake bites in dogs. I used the aforementioned with success to treat my then German Shepard mix dog for what appeared to be a snakebit(swollen nose).You can buy benadryl
at both Dollar General and Family dollar, no prescription(WV). ThIs also applies to the generic copy.
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