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Does a spider bite look like a regular pimple on my leg?

Does a spider bite look like a regular pimple on my leg?

It can.: But it doesn't have to. When patients come in with "spider bites", basically pimples that keep getting larger, they tend to be staph infections/abscesses. Bottom line: don't try to pop or pick it. If it's getting bigger or really painful, see a doctor b/c it could be the beginning of an abscess. ...Read more

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It looks like littke red pimples and they are only on her left thigh and 1 is on her cheek. Look like they could be small spider bites there's bout 7?

It looks like littke red pimples and they are only on her left thigh and 1 is on her cheek. Look like they could be small spider bites there's bout 7?

Shingles: This is possibly a shingles (herpes zoster virus) infection especially if there was some ache in that buttock or thigh a few days before the appearance of the rash. Insect bites are a possibility also. Since shingles is treatable I recommend that a physician or dermatologist examine her for diagnosis and treatment, if necessary. ...Read more

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I have a large painful bump on my outer right thigh. It feels tender and warm. I am unsure whether it's a boil or pimple or spider bite.

I have a large painful bump on my outer right thigh. It feels tender and warm. I am unsure whether it's a boil or pimple or spider bite.

See a doctor: Regrdless what it is you need to see a doctor in casr it needs drainage or debridment and of course you are going to need oral antbiotic
so go and see your doctor ...Read more

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I woke up with a bump on my arm that looked like a pimple. It was hard and had white stuff come out. It was very painful. Could that be a spider bite?

I woke up with a bump on my arm that looked like a pimple. It was hard and had white stuff come out. It was very painful. Could that be a spider bite?

Bump on arm: Sounds more like an infected pimple. Spider bites do not usually have white material coming out. If this does not clear up quickly, see your doctor to be sure you do not have a MRSA bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Spider bite on face or really big pimple? How can I tell?

Spider bite on face or really big pimple? How can I tell?

Difficult: At times its hard to tell the difference the bits has a central hole yet a pimple may develop the same. I rec. You go to the doctor or ER have it looked at possibly cultured ...Read more

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I have a slightly large pimple like sore on my back. It's not itchy but it is painful. Could it be from a spider bite?

I have a slightly large pimple like sore on my back. It's not itchy but it is painful. Could it be from a spider bite?

Unlikely: Most common lesion on the back as you described is a pimple or sebaceous cyst. Both of which are localized skin infections/inflammations. A spider bite could occur on back but is less likely. A spider bite could get infected or it could cause tissue necrosis as with the brown recluse spider bites. Best to have a doc look at it. ...Read more

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I have a very painful pimple or spider bite - what should I do?

I have a very painful pimple or spider bite - what should I do?

Lesion: Cleanse site with soap & water. Keep area clean. Often lesions that one might imagine are from a spider bite -aren't. Take care. ...Read more

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What is a difference between spider bite, pimple, boil?

What is a difference between spider bite, pimple, boil?

Bites or no bites: A boil is kind of a pimple "gone nuclear", and it is more serious, usually the result of an infection. An arachnid, or spider bite, is completely different, with injection of a toxin which the spider uses to paralyze or kill it's prey. Interesting question! ...Read more

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Is this a spider bite? Or a pimple? It used to be smaller and a week later it turned red and hard to the touch and it really hurts! Please help

Cannot diagnose: Go and see a doctor and this is not likely to be a spider bite, but probably a staphylococcal boil. Go now, don't waste time asking questions on the net of people who cannot see the lesion you are referring to. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a red bump pimple be a recluse spider bite?

Doubtful: If very early in its course, it's possible. If you have reason to believe it could be, seek treatment from your pcm early so that appropriate referral can be made if necessary. Recluse bites do better if aggressively treated up front with antibiotics and even surgery if serious enough. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a sore on my arm is a pimple or a spider bite?

How can I tell if a sore on my arm is a pimple or a spider bite?

Dots: A spider bite usually has several dots in the red area. Also, the spider injects venom which causes a much larger area of redness and induration (roughness). ...Read more

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Spider bite or pimple, how can I tell?

Spider bite or pimple, how can I tell?

Can't always: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. A pimple will usually arise in particular areas of the body ; would not be accompanied by severe pain or necrosis. ...Read more

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I woke up with stinging feeling on my back it stayed stinging for long time so I look to see a red bump pimple or spider bite???

I woke up with stinging feeling on my back it stayed stinging for long time so I look to see a red bump pimple or spider bite???

Shingles: You did not give your age or a pic of the rash. The commonest rash that is very painful and may occur on your back is shingles. Insect bites and spider bites usually occur on the exposed part of the body like arms and legs, not on the back ...Read more

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First hard round silver dollar size mounds, then blistery pimples a and mass moves to random parts and areas of my body. I thought it was a spider bite?

First hard round silver dollar size mounds, then blistery pimples a and mass moves to random parts and areas of my body. I thought it was a spider bite?

MRSA: Could be MRSA abscesses or cellulitis which can look like and /or result from spider bites. Please see a physician for culture, drainage if appropriate, and treatment to include Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline in case the culture is positive for MRSA. ...Read more

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My son has a pimple like sore on the back of his arm resembles a spider bite looks like it has a yellow kind of puss inside and it very hard?

My son has a pimple like sore on the back of his arm resembles a spider bite looks like it has a yellow kind of puss inside and it very hard?

Abscess: It may have started out as a bite but it know sounds like infection or an abscess and should be drained and likely treated with antibiotics. All the best. ...Read more

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I am worried that the swelling red mark, almost like a pimple, behind my ear is a spider bite. The surrounding area hurts too.?

I am worried that the swelling red mark, almost like a pimple, behind my ear is a spider bite. The surrounding area hurts too.?

Worry: I think the best move would be to go to the nearest Emergency facility. What you report is important and you will be seen quickly by the doctor.
Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility.
It could be spider bites and they will be carefully controlled.

Please let me know how things went.

Michael Kleerekoper ...Read more

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What will happen if I put pimple cream on my spider bite? Does benzoyl peroxide kill spider germs?

What will happen if I put pimple cream on my spider bite? Does benzoyl peroxide kill spider germs?

Nothing.: Probably won't do anything. Just use some cool packs if it's really itchy. Also some Hydrocortisone and/or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Most of all don't scratch. ...Read more

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What does a spider bite look like? Its was a little bigger then a quarter and left a scar after it stopped itching and I have a few on my legs

What does a spider bite look like? Its was a little bigger then a quarter and left a scar after it stopped itching and I have a few on my legs

Let me help you: Brown recluse spiders are only found in the southeast United States. There are several other species of recluse spider that are similar but less studied than the brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders are often described as having a violin-shaped mark on the back of their midsections, but that mark can be inconsistent. ...Read more

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My 14 mo. Old has 4 small boils on arm and legs They look like spider bites but I know they arent. How can doc check for msra? 102 fever 1 week ago.

My 14 mo. Old has 4 small boils on arm and legs They look like spider bites but I know they arent. How can doc check for msra? 102 fever 1 week ago.

Assume they are: I seldom went to the added expense of sending a sample to the lab. The frequency of MRSA in small to large abscesses exceeds 60-70% in outpatients. It is not the new bogeyman, although you wouldn't know it from all the news stories. There are multiple meds that easily kill the germ. Big ones often need to be drained to heal. Fever a week ago is probably unrelated. ...Read more

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Have two zit-like bumps right next to each other right above lip. Don't reall yhave acne. Has tiny bit of white pus come out. Spider bite? Std? Just zits?

Have two zit-like bumps right next to each other right above lip. Don't reall yhave acne. Has tiny bit of white pus come out. Spider bite? Std? Just zits?

Bumps above lip: The most common thing of course would be acne. Spider bites on the face would be quite unusual, and usually become quite red and hot with a central darkened area of necrosis. An STD like herpes is possible if they look like blisters or shallow open sores (but usually are very painful). If they get worse and look infected, go see a provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a bump on the back of my leg, it's swole and hurts. Red all around, and a little brownish color dot in the middle of it. Spider bite? Or what?

I have a bump on the back of my leg, it's swole and hurts. Red all around, and a little brownish color dot in the middle of it. Spider bite? Or what?

"Bump": It would help to know exactly where the bump is on the back of your leg. Is it behind the knee? If so it may be a Baker's cyst. On the calf. And we need to think about a clot deep in the veins. Anywhere else and the chances of a spider or insect bite go way up. If so watch for signs of continued infection and see your doctor for further analysis. ...Read more

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My bf has a spider bite on the back of his leg that's about the size of a quarter it was red at first but now it is dark redish purple is this serious?

Possible necrosis: This sounds like the bite may be becoming necrotic. A brown recluse bite frequently acts like this. Your bf should see a physician as he may need to have this area debrided and or may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Got big leg lump which reduced to smaller lump, 2nd big lump a month after 3 inches apart. Dr. says it's spider bite, I disagree. Could it be serious?

Got big leg lump which reduced to smaller lump, 2nd big lump a month after 3 inches apart. Dr. says it's spider bite, I disagree. Could it be serious?

If they go away: It is unlikely that it is serious. Need to see what they look like but if you are really concerned a biopsy can be done to determine if these are bite or not. ...Read more

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Spider bite. Do spider bites develop into wart like appearance? However such a wart is red. I woke up with this on my leg

Spider bite. Do spider bites develop into wart like appearance? However such a wart is red. I woke up with this on my leg

See a doctor...: Spider bites can be worse than you would think. I have seen a number of them that have become secondarily infected. The appearance will vary with the individual and the type of spider. Better see a doctor to be sure you don't develop any other complications. ...Read more

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Can a spider bite make your leg and foot go numb

Can a spider bite make your leg and foot go numb

Yes: The toxins that are injected from a spider bite can easily cause a local numbess if the venom in the bite was near a major nerve root. Also, if there is something else in your history that can cause leg and foot numbness (i.e. Herniated disc in back) then that could be a coincidence. Spider bites usually just cause local swelling and redness in the soft tissues. ...Read more

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I have all these small bites on my legs and thighs only and I don't know if they are flea bites or something else? They look like raised pimples.

I have all these small bites on my legs and thighs only and I don't know if they are flea bites or something else? They look like raised pimples.

See a dermatologist: You assume they are "bites" without any evidence. You can be absolutely sure the have nothing to do with any spiders. It is probably something else. A skin DR will help you. Exposed to any animals? Any other people have them? How long? Itch? Meanwhile you can try OTC hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

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Red line on leg, spider bite?

Red line on leg, spider bite?

Unsure: A red line on your leg can be due to a number of things, not just a spider bite. Spider bites generally will cause a solitary papule or pustule, with local redness and sometimes a puncture marking or two. Itching and burning are common complaints. Tenderness is common as well. When in doubt, check it out. ...Read more

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Appears to be a spider bite. 4-5 on each leg. First it looked like a mosquito bite but then after about 24 hours it became blisters. What should I do?

Appears to be a spider bite. 4-5 on each leg. First it looked like a mosquito bite but then after about 24 hours it became blisters. What should I do?

Leg bites: If there is a reaction occurring with pain, inflammation and/or fever, I recommend getting seen ASAP. A picture or video would help to diagnose your issue better. ...Read more

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Hi doctor - Spider bite, I live in northwest GA and got bit - felt a pinch on my leg - this was Tuesday and now it's a bit larger - hurts a bit now?

Hi doctor - Spider bite, I live in northwest GA and got bit - felt a pinch on my leg - this was Tuesday and now it's a bit larger - hurts a bit now?

See below: Spider bites if this is what you have can cause serious skin infections and even destroy some of the skin you must see a doctor for you may indeed need an antibiotic. Don't let it go! ...Read more

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How to treat spider bite on leg? It is red swollen and itchy, worsens when I move. Still red after 3 days from bite, doesn't seem to get better if I move

See your physician: Spider bites notoriously are slow to heal, and can leave large openings. This is something you need to discuss with your position, and you need to keep it clean and protect against infection ...Read more

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What spider bites cause numbness in legs and arms?

What spider bites cause numbness in legs and arms?

None: Spider bites do not usually cause these symptoms. Anxiety could. It would be extremely rare that a black widow bite could cause these symptoms, but as I stated earlier, the typical black widow symptoms is severe pain. Usually in the abdomen. Not extremity numbness. ...Read more