Doctors have been stumped by a mysterious insect bite that left an Arizona man’s arm covered in a series of painful bruises. Thomas Jay told he was taking out trash earlier this month when he came into contact with a type of bug he would never seen before. “As I glanced at it really quick, all of a sudden I just felt this excruciating pinch, this pressure, this bite or a sting that happened and occurred and I immediately went and swatted the bug off” he said. His wife, Dee Petrov, in a GoFundMe page created to cover medical costs, said bug resembled a Solifugae, a spider like bug native to warm and arid habits. “It started with one little round circle and became an emergency in a matter of hours! We are still praying there are no long-term effects but there are still issues with the arm and more medical tests and doctors to see” Petrov recalled, adding that they traveled to several emergency rooms and hospitals within just 24 hours. Medical professionals have yet to identify what exactly prompted Jay’s violent reaction and are still waiting for a biopsy results. Still though, the couple told his care has been excellent and that he is now signed off to be apart of a case study. “Even though they may not be able to figure out what it was, they might be able to help other individuals as they learn from this situation” Thomas said. Petrov, who has been offering updates on her husband via social media, told Jay was “doing better” and has been overwhelmed with information in discussions with professionals and experts.

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