Just when I finally got the splinter out from under my nail, I was awakened with a swollen, red, painful foot! The middle toes and under pad on my foot had swollen up huge! I tried soaking it in epsom salts, then tried some ice to relieve the pain...neither one helped! I finally waited for the sun to rise, with it propped on three pillows! I had not hurt it, or bruised it, so I could not figure out what it was that made this happen. So, I went to the Dr early this morning... What he told me about blew me away! He said I had a secondary infection, it from a 'little mosquito bite' that happened about three days before! I have some cream to put on it and of course he gave me some antibiotics that I cannot 'be out in the sun', 'no dairy products', etc. Today was the day for the St Jude Research Hospital trail ride! I went and rode as long as I could...after all, it was for a good reason...those children needed the money I raised by riding. Even though it was not the best thing to do..duty called. (It seems that everyone was a critic and I could hear the snears about 'look at her riding with socks on!' I could not fit a boot onto the foot, so I rode with only a sock on ONE FOOT! I let the hurting foot hang out of the stirrup, so that just made things worse...oh well....I had thought about just riding bareback!) I have never had anything like this happen over a mosquito bite! I had scratched it, but not enought to even break the skin! The infection got into my foot 'from the bite' area. But, I had worn some leather boots after I got the bite and that is what caused the infection, I suppose. The Dr made me feel really good, when he told me before I left, that he 'hoped that this would take care of it'. Oh great! I went to him to be cured, not for HOPE! Has anyone else ever experienced such a bad infection from a tiny bite?