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Old 07-02-2020, 06:14 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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I was out walking and felt a sharp pain on my knee - lifted up my pants leg, nothing there. Next day, there was a red spot on my kneecap, about the size of a quarter, made up of little red bumps, with a few outlying red bumps here and there. Like something bit me several dozen times. Not itchy, but I put hydrocortisone cream on it and it went down. Now it is still sore to the touch, (like I said, right over the kneecap) and an underlying knee problem has flared up again, may be unrelated.


In the Northeast US, so scorpions etc are not a possibility. I wasn't walking through weeds or anything, just along the road. No pets in the house , so not fleas.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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You should see a doctor. If not in person, then a televisit. Some diseases are transmitted by bug bites.

In a report posted May 4, 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautioned Americans that diseases from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have soared in recent years.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:37 AM
 
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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Though it could be anything, it sounds like a spider bite. Or it could be a light case of shingles. Best to have a licensed medical professional take a look.
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Old 07-02-2020, 11:50 AM
 
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With all those bumps, it sounds more like a rash or hives to me, than a bite. Is there any chance you brushed against some plant at some earlier point (thistle, nettle?) and it took until that moment for a spine to work its way through the cloth?
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Old 07-02-2020, 01:49 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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As you are in New England, don't exclude the possibility of a tick bite carrying Lyme disease. (Named for Old Lyme, CT)

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20374651
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Old 07-02-2020, 03:13 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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Though it could be anything, it sounds like a spider bite. Or it could be a light case of shingles. Best to have a licensed medical professional take a look.
"Spider bite" as a diagnosis is equivalent to calling it "evil spirits."

Shingles, however is an excellent call considering the description...We''ll know over the next several days if the rash coalesces, blisters, ulcerates and then scabs up---particularly if other similar splotches occur along that dermatome over the next few days to weeks.


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As you are in New England, don't exclude the possibility of a tick bite carrying Lyme disease. (Named for Old Lyme, CT)
Ticks usually take mouthful and then hang on. They probably have to be riding along for over 24 hrs to transmit enough of the Lyme bug to cause disease. After they fall off or are removed, it will take a few days for the characteristic "target lesion" to show up at the bite site (if it does at all). When you see it, it's diagnostic. But you don't always get it.

Another pitfall is that ticks grow in stages and the smaller stages are very difficult to see and are easily missed. When you get bit by one as big as a Lady Bug, even Mr. Magoo can see it.

While NE and the upper midwest have a lot of Lyme Dis, any place with deer or mice can be troublesome.
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Old 07-02-2020, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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what kind of bug bit me?

Love bug?
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Old 07-02-2020, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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I was out walking and felt a sharp pain on my knee - lifted up my pants leg, nothing there. Next day, there was a red spot on my kneecap, about the size of a quarter, made up of little red bumps, with a few outlying red bumps here and there. Like something bit me several dozen times. Not itchy, but I put hydrocortisone cream on it and it went down. Now it is still sore to the touch, (like I said, right over the kneecap) and an underlying knee problem has flared up again, may be unrelated.


In the Northeast US, so scorpions etc are not a possibility. I wasn't walking through weeds or anything, just along the road. No pets in the house , so not fleas.
black flies are still around, they like to crawl under clothes and bite and they hurt.
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:27 PM
 
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Though it could be anything, it sounds like a spider bite. Or it could be a light case of shingles. Best to have a licensed medical professional take a look.
Shingles affecting the knee?

Shingles, AKA Herpes zoster, normally affects one side of the face or trunk. A common presentation is the thoracic area, because the virus remains latent in the dorsal root ganglion. The dorsal root ganglion are found along the spine. The knee doesn't have a dorsal root ganglion.
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Old 07-02-2020, 07:55 PM
 
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Most likely nothing bit you. You said nothing was there, and arthropods, especially spiders, always get the blame when an unexplained BLO (Bite Like Occurrence) occurs.
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