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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Could there be a doctor in the house that knows anything about treatment for brown recluse spider bites?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Could there be a doctor in the house that knows anything about treatment for brown recluse spider bites?

Several treatments: Recluse bite treatment ranges from essentially local care with cleaning and topical antibiotic ointment to taking oral antibiotics to requiring surgical treatment, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and other more aggressive treatments. There are degrees of envenomation and local tissue response. If you are concerned or if in a critical location (face, genitals, around eye, etc) see md immediately. ...Read more

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Spider Bites (Definition)

Spider bites can often cause redness, pain and inflammation at the site of a bite. Most spider bites are actually from other bugs. Abscess formation is often ...Read more


Dr. Phillip Price
Board Certified, General Surgery
27 years in practice
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What is the treatment for spider bite?

Dr. Phillip Price
Board Certified, General Surgery
27 years in practice
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What is the treatment for spider bite?

Time: Most spider bites cause only a small local allergic reaction. If this is all it is some anitbiotic ointment a bandaid and time (1 to 2 days) and it should be fine. If it looks like it is getting infected ( increasing redness, pain or not improving) you should see your doctor. Only a small minority of spider bites cause infection or serious skin injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Spider bite treatment, what to do?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Spider bite treatment, what to do?

Spider bite: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possible 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. Clean area w antibacterial soap. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Could you tell me what's the best treatment for a spider bite.?

Dr. Alan Ali
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Could you tell me what's the best treatment for a spider bite.?

Spider bite: First aid treatment is cleaning the area with soap & water, apply a cool compress on the area, take tylenol/antihistamines, & if it was black widow spider or brown recluse spider, seek medical attention fast. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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What should I do for treatment if any of hobo spider bite?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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What should I do for treatment if any of hobo spider bite?

Depends on symptoms: Some sources say a hobo spider bite is like a typical bug bite while other sources say there are bigger symptoms and some dead skin at the bite site (like with a brown recluse). Some sources believe there are too many cases of mistaken identity with hobo spiders, so it's not known if real hobo spider bites are that bad at all. A doctor can evaluate, if the bite is any worse than a simple bug bite. ...Read more

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Dr. Archibald Miller
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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for brown recluse spider bite?

Dr. Archibald Miller
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Antigen response: The true response to a brown recluse bite is severe reaction to a foreign protein. It frequently gets infected also. So, the recommended treatment by a trained physician, is an antibiotic, an anti lepromatous medication and a steroid pack.. This can be a serious problem requiring hospitalization, particularly in a child. Complications such as kidney failure can occur. ...Read more

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Dr. John Despain
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What type of treatment should you get for a brown recluse spider bite?

Dr. John Despain
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What type of treatment should you get for a brown recluse spider bite?

See an MD: Get urine tested for blood, if present will need some attention. Topical nitroglycerine paste (rx also) may reduce necrosis. Get some help w/wound care. Do not get it cut out, and do not take dapsone! ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Feinstein
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Which treatment works the best and fastest for a brown recluse spider bite?

Dr. Richard Feinstein
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Which treatment works the best and fastest for a brown recluse spider bite?

Painful spider bite: A brown recluse spider can make a painful bite in a human, which can turn quickly into a area of ulceration, that may heal very slowly with a scar. The best way to treat such a spider bite is to prevent being bitten. If you are bitten, get to your doctor right away for possible injection of cortisone right into the bite area, or take oral prednisone, and be given other local care. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Black widow spider bite symptoms what are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite and what is the recommended treatment?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Black widow spider bite symptoms what are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite and what is the recommended treatment?

Black Widow Spider: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What is the anti-venom treatment needed for a banana spider bite?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Antivenom: There is a specific Phoneutria spider anti-venom. But only 2.3% of bites require anti-venom since they have small fangs. Their bites to humans usually don't lead to envenomization. ...Read more

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