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does topical antibiotic help with common spider bite

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
50 years experience Internal Medicine
Go 2 doc/ antibiotic: A spider bite can cause a large amount of redness and swelling, and since the bite causes a break in the skin barrier, it could leave exposure to stre ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Bite or staph: Most spiders do not bite ' many patents mistake staph infections that look like boils as spider bites .It is not clear why so many people make this er ... Read More
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Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Just like it sounds: It's the bite of a common spider!
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Rare: Spider bites are very uncommon. Most are actually skin lesions due to staph aureus that are misdiagnosed as spider bites.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Lippe
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Common spider bite: Common spider bite may cause some irritation or pain at the site a brown recluse spider bite will be very painful and can leave a mark avoid spiders ... Read More
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
25 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Most spider bites cause only a local reaction with redness, swelling, warmth and sometimes itch but no pain. These can be watched for worsening, othe ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
I don't advocate: Self care if the lesion is infected. Please have it medically assessed.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Boils: What people call 'spider bites' are rarely spider bites; they're usually abscesses (boils). The cause is usually staph. Aureus, including mrsa. Anti ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Not particularly: Healing tissues are often thicker & less resilient until full healing has occurred. This could take 6 wks or more.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Only if infected.: Antibiotics should do nothing for a spider bite unless of course it is infected. This is not common, but can happen. I suppose that if you had a sp ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
44 years experience Endodontics
Depends: Different spiders cause different reactions. For less toxic spider bite, which are the most common, it usually takes 7-10 days. To decrease pain and ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: To have been a spider bite. Most of these (unless you have actually seen and identified the spider as a black widow or brown recluse), are community ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Sterling
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Paaaaaaarrrrtyyyyy!!: Purple is not on the list of normal skin colors on this planet and pus is normal only if you are a bunch of bacteria having a party on flesh. That mea ... Read More

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