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Question: After being bitten by an unknown bug under the armpit, the area around it turned deep red and red blotches appeared. Since then my muscles are aching everywhere. RK

Answer: Dear RK,

The symptoms you mention are common with insect bites/stings. After a insect bite/sting the following general steps are recommended:

- Remove the stinger if present
- Wash the affected area with soap and water
- Place ice on affected area for 10 minutes, on and off

If redness, swelling or pain increase during the following days, it could be a sign of infection.

Over the counter pain relievers and insect bites creams can be used.

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