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  •  Do you have blackish lumps under your arms? (0+ / 0-)

    Then it's plague.  Adios, amigo.

    •  no and I was immunized against plague in military (1+ / 0-)

      I did however have a giant lump on my collar bone. The doctor said that it was where the infected lymph node probably drained down. I'm on day three of antibiotics and the lump is smaller but still there. I think I'm going to head back to the doctor on day five if I still feel it since I'm only on the antibiotics for 7 days.

      •  Was kidding about the plague, but (0+ / 0-)

        I agree with you - get back to your doc toot sweet if the lump is still around Monday.

        What kind of poisonous spiders prowl your neck of the woods?  Also, do you live in scorpion country?

        •  Brown recluse and black widow (0+ / 0-)

          I've got both here. No scorpions that I know of. I'm on day 4 of the Keflex and the lump has gone down significantly and the bites aren't quite as angry looking. I've been keeping a real close eye on them and keeping the area clean with peroxide and triple antibiotic just in case. I probably will still schedule a follow up with the primary care if I don't feel the lump completely gone by tomorrow and ask them to give me an extra couple of days of antibiotic just in case. The part that weirds me out is I've never ever had this kind of reaction to a bug bite before and it definitely wasn't a run of the mill mosquito bite.(The reaction was almost like an allergic reaction you would expect with maybe a bee when it comes to the bites huge and very red and angry. Hubby insist though that I would have known if it was a wasp bite and suspects it was a spider. Yikes) Whatever it was I think I got medical care in enough time to head it off at the pass though and will get off lightly. I guess I'm going to have to be a little more aware of my surroundings in the great outdoors or start wearing a burkha and gloves ;)

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