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how concerned should i be about a spider bite

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
In US - 2 of: significance are black widow & brown recluse.

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A 71-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Sisselman
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Olecronon Bursitis: This sounds like olecronon bursitis. It can be caused by trauma infection arthritis or other causes. It is usually benign. A doctor can drain it and s ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Spider Bite: Most spider bites are uncomfortable but harmless. However, a few spiders, like the brown recluse and the black widow, can cause serious illness and da ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Often not: Have you developed a rash in the area? Redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, warmth, or drainage? Any generalized body symptoms?
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Depends on symptoms: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cr ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
18 years experience Urgent Care
Yes see a MD now: Depending on the severity of the bite, if it broke the skin and has possibly damaged any structures, you should see a doctor. Bites on certain sites o ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Zachary
24 years experience Wilderness Medicine
Maybe: If that center is a scab, then it's likely not a big worry. If it is a necrotic area (area of dead tissue), the yes. In this instance it could be a br ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. S. Yvonne Conner
43 years experience General Practice
Medical Attention: These bites can be very serious causing your skin to become necrotic and slough off. Serious skin injuries could require amputation. You need to know ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Tick bite: After a tick bite, individuals may develop any of these symptoms that may be due to the organism that the tick transmits during its bite: flu-like sym ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Faustino
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes and no: This all depends on how long it was since you had the bite, is the rash warm, painful or expanding? These are usually signs to worry about regardless ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lim
33 years experience Family Medicine
Step on nail: It is a possibility. That is why we give the tetanus shot whenever you visit a provider, to cut down the chances of you getting an infection. Howeve ... Read More
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A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric L. Weiss
36 years experience Travel Medicine
Not a lot...: ...But, there are some dangerous spiders out there. In north america the more common are the black widow (pretty immediately painful bite) and the bro ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Difficult to say: I don't see any image(s) available for the bite. In general tick bites don't require prophylactic(pre-emptive) antibiotics. The case in which you wo ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Spider bite: See a physician for systemic reactions. A tetanus shot may be necessary. Antibiotics may be necessary if the wound becomes infected. Large ulceration ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Clean well/check dog: Immediately clean the bite with copious amounts of water ; antibacterial soap and or peroxide. If the bite pierced the interspaces of your fingers or ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Megan Debell
18 years experience Family Medicine
See a doctor: Tick bites can cause Lyme disease and early treatment is important. See a doctor and ask about doxycycline. The classic rash is target shaped with a ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Spider bite: Most are not venomous. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly chest, back or ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
Keep it clean: Most spider bites are benign. The two major ones are brown recluse and black widow. These two require special care. Other than that just keep it clean ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
If you have one, yes: You'll receive follow-up by a neurologist. Depending on the location, there may be residual effect on cognition. memory, motor planning, etc. that req ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Spider bite: If black widow spider, u notice swelling, intense pain & stiffness, chills, fever, nausea/vomiting, severe abdominal pain. If brown recluse spider, t ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
24 years experience Pediatrics
See below: Most bed bug bites are irritating but harmless. They carry no diseases but any bite can become infected. Look for signs of infection like increased ... Read More

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