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Thread: Fly bites and swelling

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    Default Fly bites and swelling

    I just came back from a vacation, and while there on wednesday evening I was bitten on a couple places by this weird fly. It wasn't a standard house fly.

    Anyway - I began swelling that night and it became progressively worse over the next few days- on my ankle and back thigh.

    It hurts to walk on my foot and I am sick of the itching and applying ice.

    I am going to go have it looked at, but is this a possible Lupus reaction to an ordinary bite?

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    We have flies called sandflies here, they bite, and heaps of people get reactions to them like that...
    I have much the same reaction to mozzie bites, they swell up to the size of a tennis ball width sometimes!!
    Im not sure its anything to do with lupus, i think maybe some people just reat differently to bites!!!
    *~* Monique *~*

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    I also react like that to sand flies and even to those giant horse flies!!!! They hurt....itch and make me miserable! I am not sure if that is something caused by Lupus. I know that I do react a little more to mosquito bites now with my Lupus but I have always reacted like this when it comes to flies. Get it checked out and see what the doctor says. For now, I would use some cortisone cream and oral benadryl to help with the swelling and overall yucky feeling of the reaction. Keep us posted on what the good ole doc has to say and please hang in there. I am sending you lots of get well thoughts and soft hugs
    As I grow to understand life less and less,
    I learn to love it more and more.

    Age 29, Lupus for last 7 years

    Medications: Methotrexate, Lyrica, Celebrex, Flexeril, Theophylline, Bactrim, Xopenex, Lisinopril, Ultram

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