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Quote from david82165:
I woke up this morning with a stinging sensation on my hip. I look and saw a big bump, like a mosqito bite. It has since got bigger and is really red and irratated with a little discoloring. It looks like a bite of some kind or can it be a boil. I have tried to put hot compresess on it, but it is not helping.

Anybody know what to do. I am concerned and may go to the Emergency room.

I have had a series of similar perplexing experiences, though the bug bites seem to be smaller. I have no clue as to how they can occur in parts of my body that are covered by clothes, but they do. For one particular one, which apparently caused a lymph node to swell in my neck (the itch was located just below my hairline!) I had to see an ENT who ran a scope down the nasal passage of the nostril next to the node, and finding nothing made the diagnosis of bug bite. Yes, he did suggest hot compresses and hydrocortisone for the itch. However, for a bite as large as you describe, and especially since there are insect borne diseases going around, such as the West Nile and dengue, I would think a trip to the doctor would be helpful.