What’s Wrong with Me?
The patient: Georgia, a 29-year-old office manager in London, U.K.
The symptom: Infected insect bite
The doctor: Dr. Diana Lockwood, a consultant in infectious diseases at the UCLH Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London.
In November 2015, Georgia returned from a two-week holiday in Peru and noticed an itchy insect bite, about the size of the eraser on a pencil, on her left calf. She slathered it with aloe vera, then tried to forget about it. Instead of going away, the bite got bigger and more inflamed. It was red and puffy, so Georgia went to see her family doctor, who thought it was an infected mosquito bite. But after two weeks of broad-spectrum antibiotics, the wound was no better. The doctor prescribed a second two-week course of the same medicine, without results.
Georgia was beginning to worry. The ulcer was still growing (it was now the size of a quarter) and had started oozing pus. Considering the patient’s recent ravel history and the fact the sore hadn’t responded to treatment, her doctor referred her to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, part of the University College London Hospitals system.
There, Georgia saw Dr. Diana Lockwood, who examined the ulcer, noting that the edges were raised, firm and inflamed.
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