I noticed a red spot on my leg, about 4" in diameter, about 45 minutes ago. The spot is hot to touch, bright red, and at first felt like a "charlie horse" then began to burn. It's a deep burning feeling, with an occasional sharp pain, located about 2" above my knee. I have checked for bites, and see no holes of any kind in the area. I do have a lot of spider veins, and have felt them pop at times, but the pain is usually sudden and gone quickly. I have marked the area on my leg and it seems to be growing in size, and heat following it. I spent today cleaning my floors with long pants on and in an "Indian style" position. I have put ice, and wrapped it while elevated. Not sure what this could be. Any insights docs?
P.S Started today...45 minutes ago
How old are you?: 46
How long has this been going on?: A few days
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: RICE... Rest, ice, compression, elevate...
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Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: Yes
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Occasional
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Trying to get this up for you quickly because I think your question demands a quick response. If the rash is painful, red, warm, and growing you need to be seen tonight. The possibility that this is a MRSA cellulitis.... a skin infection from a dangerous bacteria is there. This COULD be a bite as some insects and spiders have a venom that is also anesthetic-like, so it doesn't hurt. And the bottom line is that we have no idea what this is... it's nightime.... and you will do yourself a big favor if you go NOW to the ER rather than wait this out, because all indications are that this is a rapidly progressive infection.
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