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Common Spider Bites
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 strep or staph or skin organism to get onto the soft tissues causing infection (cellulitis). So first keep area very clean, do not scratch, take antibiotic exactly as prescribed, mand follow-up making certain it is completely treated. ...Read more
My daughter has a swollen red bug bite on her wrist. There is only one bite can it bed bed bugs or a common household spider bite? The bite hard
Spider bite: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911.Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not common...: ...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. ...Read more
Rapid Healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually - but: possible if allergic. A black widow bite can cause pain that spreads to chest, abdomen or back which may be associated with abdominal cramping. There may be intense sweating near the wound or involving an effected extremity. Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, a mild reaction, an immediate or a delayed reaction. With a significant reaction a which blister appears after bit. The > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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