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Doctor insights on: Red Recluse Spider Bite

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

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

Brown Recluse Spider (Definition)

Three pairs of eyes instead of the usual four makes the identification of the spider, the eyes making the face look like a human skull.Treatment includes dapsone. Bites often get misdiagnosed, and are frequently bacterial infections like mrsa. Brown recluse venom is a vasoconstrictor, and Nitroglycerin causes vasodilation and theoretically can prevent necrosis. Treat ...Read more


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I had asked a question earlier this week about itchy red spot. Now I think was a brown recluse spider bite?

I had asked a question earlier this week about itchy red spot. Now I think was a brown recluse spider bite?

Brown reculse: Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee sting is noticed at the time of the bite. Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite. Symptoms can include: severe pain at bite site after about 4 hours, severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, blistering, necrosis(tissue death). ...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 tissue around it 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 tissue around it 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 skin around it 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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What are symptoms for recluse spider bite?

Brown Recluse Spider: When bitten by a brown recluse spider there often is no pain initially. A blister develops with swelling. It then enlarges, hardens ; becomes red. This develops into an ulcer. Other symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, joint pain, fevers, chills and possibly a rash over the body with small red to purple dots. ...Read more

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Can docs explain what does the brown recluse spider bite do?

Brown recluse: When bitten by a brown recluse spider there often is no pain initially. A blister develops with swelling. It then enlarges, hardens ; becomes red. This develops into an ulcer. Other symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, joint pain, fevers, chills and possibly a rash over the body with small red to purple dots. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the brown recluse spider bite do?

Can doctors tell me what does the brown recluse spider bite do?

Venom tissue necrosi: The venom from the bite precipitates a process of progressive tissue necrosis that may be limited by Dapsone therapy or surgical debridement. ...Read more

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Which is the preferred antibiotic for brown recluse spider bites?

Information: Probably a broad spectrum such as a cephalosporin. Surgery may be needed to remove the bite. Healing can be prolonged. ...Read more

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In what way can I finish healing from a brown recluse spider bite ?

Does it need to : Be surgically debrided? Did you need a tetanus shot? No signs of infection? Don't know how far out you are from the bite. When i had a brown recluse bite on my forearm - used elevation, compress (arm was really swollen), frequent debridements and rest (felt quite sick with fever). Take it easy. On the other hand, some brown recluse bites cause almost no sx's. ...Read more

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Pictures of brown recluse spider bite suggest I have one. What do I do?

Pictures of brown recluse spider bite suggest I have one. What do I do?

See doc: The brown recluse (loxoceles reclusa) can cause a variety of symptoms after a bite, however, a lot of the time, the bite is minor. If the area is becoming painful, oozing, blistering, or necrotic (black dead tissue), or if you have any systemic signs like nausea, vomiting, fevers, muscle pain or other problems, then you should see a physician asap. ...Read more