A 49-year-old female asked:
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how do i tell if it's a spider bite or some kind of infection?

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Dr. Linda Hamidjaja
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Bite mark: Spider bite usually may have bite mark within the skin lesion. Secondary infection may also exist depending on the bite itself, and how long it has been going on. In plain cellulitis/skin infection you may not always see the entrance of the infection (port d'entree).
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Sometimes difficult: These are sometimes difficult to tell apart and sometimes bites can become infected. Bites may have a central puncture wound although with all the redness and inflammation it can be hard to see. It may be felt rather than seen.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019

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