A 42-year-old member asked:
having flu like symptoms after a spider bite, what should i do?
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Spider bite: Hello, if you develop symptoms other than pain/discomfort at the site of the spider bite, then see your doctor for a complete evaluation.
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A 64-year-old member asked:
What is the treatment for spider bite?
2 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 32 years experience
Time: Most spider bites cause only a small local allergic reaction. If this is all it is some anitbiotic ointment a bandaid and time (1 to 2 days) and it should be fine. If it looks like it is getting infected ( increasing redness, pain or not improving) you should see your doctor. Only a small minority of spider bites cause infection or serious skin injury.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
How dangerous can a untreated spider bite be?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Pathology 44 years experience
Absolutely: And congratulations on a procedure that may very well have saved your life -- thanks to your own wise decision to be screened and take a proactive approach to your health. And now that you're asking about fitness, i'm very glad -- you're a model of proactive self-care. Congratulations.
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A 53-year-old member asked:
How much should I worry about spider bite?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Travel Medicine 37 years experience
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 brown recluse (causes delayed local tissue destruction). These bites are relatively rare. Most "spider bites" can be treated with ice, rest, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and time. Sometimes an anti-histamine or topical steroid can also be helpful for symptoms.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
How long do spider bites take to go away?
1 doctor answer • 6 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
1-3 weeks...: As long as they do not get infected. Also depends on what type of spider. Either way, keep very clean, don't scratch, and if gets larger, redder, hot or pus-filled, get treated immediately.
5.8k viewsReviewed Jan 01, 2021
A 46-year-old member asked:
What are the differences between a spider bite and a bedbug bite?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Depends: For a general spider (not dangerous to humans) and bedbugs, the bites can look similar with redness, swelling, warmth, initial pain which fades quickly, and itch. Bedbugs sometimes bite in a linear fashion - thus leaving a line of bites. That's the only way i know to differentiate.
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