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Doctor insights on: Flesh Eating Spider Bite

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The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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May this be a brown recluse spider bite. Started out looking like a boil then it went down. The place then got real red, painfull and puss came out now it is red swollen and looks and feels like the surrounding tissue is kinda ruff and tender at the same t

May this be a brown recluse spider bite. Started out looking like a boil then it went down. The place then got real red, painfull and puss came out now it is red swollen and looks and feels like the surrounding tissue is kinda ruff and tender at the same t

I : I can't diagnose your lesion. You indicated that you thought you saw a fang puncture mark. The brown recluse is actually quite small. It can be a quarter of an inch to a little over half an inch, so I am not sure that it would leave an obvious fang mark. I was bitten by a brown recluse about 3 decades ago. The bite was painless. A black eschar (scab) quickly formed and the surrounding skin was white and died quickly. My arm became markedly swollen, hot and red and I developed a high fever and muscular skeletal aches throughout my body. I lost a lot of tissue (skin and deeper tissue) from the site. It took over a week to get rid of my generalized symptoms and several months for my arm to heal in the area that I was bitten. I became quite ill from it.
Luckily, most people do not have this severe a reaction. Brown recluse bites can cause minor reactions or they can in rare cases be deadly. Hemotoxic venom is injected when they bite. In one study, over a third of bites led to necrosis (destruction) of the skin surrounding it. A systemic illness occurred in about 14 % of cases. However, the majority of people have no significant reaction to their bite.
I don't know if you have a boil or if it is a venoous bite or sting. Spider bites sometimes leave a black scab in the center (called an eschar) and there may lighter, or sloughing skin around that. If you develop fever, vomiting or a significant amount of skin is sloughing, the area of redness is continuing to grow larger and painful it would be appropriate to have it checked out by a medical provider.
Take care. I hope it heals quickly. ...Read more

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How to heal spider bites?

How to heal spider bites?

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 more

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Can you die from spider bites?

Can you die from spider bites?

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 more

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Is stingose good for spider bites?

Is stingose good for spider bites?

No: If they are true spider bites, they require serious attention. If you did not see ; feel the spider it was something else. Sometimes minor irritations or insect bites are casually passed of as spider bites without any knowledge of this subject. I urge you to look up spider bites according to the area of the earth and the species of spiders. If you are in the netherlands, there are no spiders that. ...Read more

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What are the differences between viper and spider bites?

What are the differences between viper and spider bites?

Bite marks and venom: Spider bites have typically one site of envenomation and most pit vipers have two injection sites. The kind of venom and its potential effects are extremely variable and depend on the animal, where the bite occurred, the size of the person, the amount of venom injected and other factors. ...Read more

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Why is my spider bite warm?

Why is my spider bite warm?

Skin infection: Probably because it's not a spider bite (they rarely are), but a bacterial infection of the skin. The warmth is a sign of inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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Mrsa or spider bite? Has 2 holes

Hard to say: Most MRSA infections are often DX as a spider bite. Brown recluse spider bites have a typical appearance that is different from MRSA infections. The two holes seem like a spider bite. ...Read more

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Do you put heat on a spider bite?

Get Medical Atten!!: Until this is examined by a physician you have a staph bacterial infection. You do not put heat on it. You get to the doctor and get on the right antibiotics. Please get to your doctor urgently. ...Read more

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Do I have an abcess or spider bite?

Do I have an abcess or spider bite?

Depends: Most spider bites are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. Spiders get blamed for a lot of insect bites but many are not spider bites. Generally, if the site is red, swollen, warm and painful, see a physician to determine if an infection is present and treatment is needed. ...Read more

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How serious is a wolf spider bite?

Usually not: There may be some pain, edema & itching from Wolf Spider Bites. Although it was previously thought that Wolf spider bites could cause necrosis — more recent study suggests otherwise. Always make sure that tetanus shot is up to date. ...Read more

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Help! Could spider bites cause fever?

Help! Could spider bites cause fever?

Yes, venomous spider: Bites may cause fever. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cramping /rigidness or ulceration of skin at site. You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it has been > 10 years). Also, medical care if you develop signs of secondary infection. ...Read more

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Spider bites that cause an infection?

Yes they can: Any bite to the skin can get secondarily infected. Best not to scratch the bite and use a topical antibiotic for a few days. See your doctor if the bite is getting more red, swollen, and painful. ...Read more

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What to do about a swollen spider bite?

Antibiotics: How long you have had the swelling and how painful and how swollen the bite is will determine whether topical or oral antibiotics make the most sense. Spider bites are notorious for getting infected. If you feel this is the case or you are not sure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does a spider bite stay itchy?

Days-weeks: Insect bites can be itchy from days to weeks depending on an individuals reaction. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of spider bites fast?

Spider bites: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you & you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site & possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cramping /rigidness or ulceration of skin at site. Cleanse site with soap & water. Remove jewelry. Can use Benadryl for itching, Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and cool compresses. You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it > ...Read more