swollen lip after working outside, nka, any ideas?

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   Posted 7/2/2016 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
i was at work clearing a tree limb off the side of a road that had fallen. nothing abnormal about the day in the way of diet, cosmetics, or things of that nature. i believe the tree limb was from a box elder tree. total time spent at that site was maybe 20 minutes. i don't recall being bitten by any bugs but i guess i could have, it was a wooded area near a large lake. at any rate, almost immediatly upon leaving i noticed a small bump on the cleft of my bottom lip(think tiny blackhead in size) by the time i got back to our shop it had grown and swelled, not alot, but noticeable to my senses and also to my coworkers if i pointed it out to them. it looked like there was something in there so i tried to "pop" it, like a blackhead but nothing came out but i did feel a sliver type thing in there..stinger maybe? anyway, this made it worse, still not huge but noticably firmer, more numb and more pronounced swelling. i did not have anyother reactions anywhere else that i am aware of, it seemed to be issolated to only my lower lip.
i went to the urgent care and he gave me a prescription for prednisone and an epipen. he did not administer anything at the doctors office. the epipen is a safety net in case something more sever ever happens.
i have never had any allergies that i am aware of but by what i have described? would you think this came from a bug, or something environmental? do i need to throw away the clothes i was wearing so im not possibly cross conatminated again?
i have suffered with anxiety and panic attacks for 20 plus years so things like this really bum me out, just one more thing i obsessivly worry about. any insight might help though thanks and sorry for the long read.

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   Posted 7/20/2016 7:05 AM (GMT -6)   
If the person at the urgent care didn't see anything there it must have been gone by that time. It's not likely to have been a tick because they don't normally attach there.

Maybe a sliver. The swelling could have been from your working on it.

I presume it's gone by now.
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