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Question: Bug bite in foot, red line from bug bite going up leg, very painfull. Robert

Answer: Dear Robert,

The following are recommended steps to follow after an insect bite that will help relieve the pain:

- Apply a cold pack or ice to the affected area
- Apply several times a day a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to the bite
- Take an allergy medication such as Benadryl

The symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include the following and if present should be checked out by a doctor:

- Difficulty breathing
- Dizziness
- Confusion
- Hives
- Rapid heartbeat
- Nausea

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