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How Do I Treat A Spider Bite
First, avoid infect: 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. Then i suggest a mild Hydrocortisone cream 0.5% (otc), alternating with an antibiotic cream. Don't scratch! ...Read more
It depends on type: Of spider. Wash area of bite with warm water ; soap. Dry. Apply antibiotic ointments. But 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Most spider bite 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. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
Observe act if need: Spider bites can often become infected. First i would recommend that you put tea tree oil or vinegar on it and keep the area clean. If the redness starts to fade then you can just watch it. If it grows larger then i would have it checked for possible need of antibiotics. If the spider was seen and you know it was not a brown recluse or black widow then just observe. ...Read more
Wrong question: Venomous spiders are extremely rare in Ohio and are not indigenous to your area. Neither Benadryl (diphenhydramine) nor any other antihistamine is of any use for black widow or brown recluse spider attacks. Unless you bring the spider to an EXPERT for identification, assume you have SOMETHING ELSE. The real question becomes "what is your actual diagnosis?" Since you fail to describe it, no diagnosis is possible thi ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Observe: If there is good reason to believe that the spider bite is from a brown recluse, you will receive antibiotics and tetanus prophylaxis. You will use cold compresses and observe the bite at home for a few days for signs of progression such as blistering, pain, color change in skin around bite and fever. If these appear, you need to go back to the ER. Best wishes ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
NOT surgery: The drug Dapsone is often advocated, but there is no firm evidence that it helps. Nitroglycerine patches may be effective; brown recluse venom constricts blood vessels and Nitroglycerin dilates them, but again, no proof that it helps. Surgery is ineffective and may actually worsen the outcome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Local care: The majority of patients who experience a widow spider bite require only local care of the lesion. Patients with severe envenomations could require supportive care and monitoring for complications. General measures following a bite including cleaning the area with soap and water and oral pain meds. Treatment of muscle spasm and tetanus prophylaxis may be indicated as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need details: How do you know it is a bite? How do you know it was a spider? The majority of these are not correct diagnoses. Did you see and feel a bite? Did you identify the species? Very few spiders are venomous. Best course is to see a Dr. Unfortunately very few Drs have any knowledge or experience with actual spider bites because they are so uncommon. They happen in USA only in the SW quadrant so most Dr ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Natural Process: With injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. Swelling occurs under the skin layers and causes them to bulge creating a protective fluid cushion called a blister. As the area heals, the fluid will be resorbed or when no longer needed, the blister opens and it drains. This should take about a week. Keep it covered and protected. ...Read more
Black widow bites.: For severe pain a person may be given narcotics or injections of muscle relaxant. In cases where there are serious underlying medical problems Antivenin may be used. ...Read more
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
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