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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 its prey. Interesting question! ...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 it's 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 was bit by a spider 3 weeks ago on my arm. After that I thought I was getting repeatidly bit but idk now i have 9 more blister spots that are pimple?

I was bit by a spider 3 weeks ago on my arm. After that I thought I was getting repeatidly bit but idk now i have 9 more blister spots that are pimple?

Infection?: Newly erupted pustules and blisters surrounding the area of a previous bite is suggestive of an infection and warrants an in person evaluation by your primary physician. Best wishes ...Read more

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Does spider bite spread?

Not usually: If you are bitten by brown recluse spider bite then the black area can spread. A severe reaction to any arthropod bite can spread. ...Read more

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What to do for spider bites that hurt?

Medical attention: If the spider bite is from a brown recluse it could evolve into a nasty skin reaction with necrosis and pain --- may need antibiotics and/or steroids. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the effects of spider bites?

Variable: 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, chills hives, weakness, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. ...Read more