A 17-year-old male asked:
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got a bug/spider bite 2 days ago on distal forearm and now have slight swelling with red lines going up my arm. what can i do if don't wanna see doc?

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Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Infection: It sounds like the insect bit might be infected and you may need antibiotics. This is a condition that needs to be evaluated by a doctor.
Answered on Aug 5, 2014
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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience Internal Medicine
Infection: You are describing an infection related to the bite. The red streaks indicate lymph tracks. This requires antibiotic therapy.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
You need antibiotic: You need medical care, either in person or through a virtual consult on HealthTap. These kinds of infections can be very dangerous if not treated promptly. By trying to save time/money you may end up in the hospital, costing much, much more time and money. It's like continuing to drive your car with smoke coming from under the hood. You're asking for major trouble. Good luck.
Answered on Jan 3, 2016
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Dr. Andrea Rodgers
27 years experience Emergency Medicine
You need to see a Dr: You have a skin infection and the only way to treat it is with antibiotics. It will not get better on it's own and can become serious if not treated. If you don't have a regular doctor, options are an urgent care center or emergency department. Nowadays even some pharmacies have an urgent care facility. Good luck.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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