Post # 1
I thought I got a pimple on my calf. I had a few others on my thighs and shoulders, along with a lot more acne on my face/neck, since being pregnant. I scratched it, there was some puss or whatever, then didn’t think about it. It got a little red, so I put some antibiotic ointment and a bandage on it pretty much every day for a week and a half. There was no change. The original spot I scratched is close to the center of the red/blotchy area, but looks and feels healed. There’s no scab to pick. It’s not sore at all, or swollen, just red.
My midwife told me to go to urgent care, but my insurance doesn’t consider it “urgent” and won’t cover it. I can’t get into a primary care office, and my ob office doesn’t have an opening for at least a week to look at it and refer me to a dermatologist.
Post # 3
Even if your insurance doesn’t cover it, I’d head to Urgent Care. It could possibly be a staff infection. I’m by no means a doctor, but I know I would personally get it checked out, just in case. Especially if your midwife suggests it.
Post # 4
What about a minor emergency room? I always get in fast and it’s supposed to be your regular copay.
Last year when I had an allergic reaction, I broke out into red bumps.
What about a spider bite?
Post # 5
I made an apt with my obgyn office for Wed. Urgent care isn’t covered by insurance, and I couldn’t get into a primary care office in my area until December. The obgyn office said that they can take a look, let me know if it’s serious, and make a referral if I need one. If it does get worse or there are any changes, I’ll go to the urgent care center regardless.
I haven’t been concerned because there has been no change, no swelling, no tenderness. It feels healed when I touch it.
Post # 6
I’m not trying to scare you, but it could be a poisonous spider bite.
Post # 7
I agree that it could be a bite but if it is, after a week and a half I think you would have noticed other effects.
Post # 8
Is there more pus in it? Keep it boiled out with peroxide.
Post # 9
I agree with MissAsB, if it’s already been a week and a half you’ll most likely be ok for another few days…but I’ve never been to med school, just have a lot of friends/family members with medical backgrounds.
Post # 10
Could also be MRSA or staph infection, which patients typically describe as “started like a pimple.”
Post # 11
Ok, so getting medical advice from the wedding blog isn’t the best idea but I understand your predicament with the insurance coverage. Anyway, an increased amount of acne is normal during pregnancy. The one on your calf — if it is not increasing in the size of the redness, doesn’t hurt, and currently doesn’t feel full of pus — is probably not a big deal. It is certainly not a poisonous spider bite at this point. Sometimes staph/MRSA infections can look like this, but usually those would be getting worse and not just staying the same. One thing you could do is pay close attention to whether it is getting any bigger and go see a doctor if it is. Your plan to see the OB Wed sounds like a good one. Disclaimer: nobody can really tell you what’s going on with your leg unless they are a trained medical professional who is examining you in person!
Post # 12
@arborgirl: ditto. personally if it was me… i wouldnt go in at all. mrsa get worse as it progresses…. im just a nursing student but if it isnt irritated or swollen, it was prolly just a pimple. a bug bite would hurt or be itchy or swollen. seeing the ob is prolly best, but if you can avoid a couple hundred dollars i would just keep an eye on it.
Post # 13
Please, please , please bees-STOP asking for medical advice on this site.
No Health Professional in their right mind is going to diagnose or give advice online.
If they aren’t going to do so, why on earth would you take advice from someone with no medical training?
Many insurer’s have call centers you can call and speak with a nurse who works from protocols. Ask your insurer if they have such a service.