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What should I do for a spider bite that still is red & swollen a week later - red area is not large (less than 1cm) - suspect hobo, but not sure.?

What should I do for a spider bite that still is red & swollen a week later - red area is not large (less than 1cm) - suspect hobo, but not sure.?

See your doctor: If this is a bite from a brown recluse (fiddleback spider) gotten in a corner of your house especially in the basement or attic, then it can cause a progressive, necrotic wound of rather large size. You should get an evaluation as soon as possible to treat this and prevent spread. ...Read more

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Spider bite 7days old, dark small scab, red swollen, not particularly painful, has'?

Spider bite 7days old, dark small scab, red swollen, not particularly painful, has'?

Probably not: Spider bites are incredibly uncommon, and unless you actually saw the spider bite you, this is likely to be something else, most frequently an MRSA skin lesion. If this does not clear up quickly, see a doctor. ...Read more

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I think I might have some kind of bug bite or spider bite. There is a white bump in the middle and its swollen and red around kinda oblong shape?

I think I might have some kind of bug bite or spider bite. There is a white bump in the middle and its swollen and red around kinda oblong shape?

Infection: Sounds like a skin infection (abscess) if there is white in the middle and it is swollen and red. You likely need to see a physician in person so they can examine, and possibly drain the infection. You also might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a spider bite. I scratched it, its a swollen patch that's red. Using fucidin. How will I know if it rots? Or if it's serious?

I have what looks like a spider bite. I scratched it, its a swollen patch that's red. Using fucidin. How will I know if it rots? Or if it's serious?

Spider bite.: Spider bites can often become infected. If this happens, the bite would become surrounded by an irregularly shapes ring of redness, warmth and tenderness. You may also experience fevers, chills and sweats. Should any of this happen, you’d need to be evaluated right away. ...Read more

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I don't know if I have a cyst or a spider bite. It's been swollen for 3 days, when I go to pop it brownish/red pus comes out then it refills?

I don't know if I have a cyst or a spider bite. It's been swollen for 3 days, when I go to pop it brownish/red pus comes out then it refills?

Cyst: Either way you should not pop this lesion. Instead apply warm compresses. If there is spreading redness or persistent swelling with pus, have a physician examine and advise you. It may need incision and drainage which you shouldn't attempt. ...Read more

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It's been two days. Still swollen. Do I pop a spider bite blister? It is small red is going away not a brown recluse.

It's been two days. Still swollen. Do I pop a spider bite blister? It is small red is going away not a brown recluse.

No: See you doctor for an evaluation and if an I & d (incision and drainage) is needed, the doctor could do this with sterile technique and place you on meds if needed. ...Read more

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I have a spider bite. It's raised, swollen, itching, red, pain to touch, no broken in skin &hard in the middle. Swelling is getting worse. Help!

I have a spider bite. It's raised, swollen, itching, red, pain to touch, no broken in skin &hard in the middle. Swelling is getting worse. Help!

Spider type?: Certain types of spiders such as the brown recluse can be very problematic with tissue necrosis and possible subsequent infection as the result of the bite. Without knowing the species of spider I would recommend you see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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How to treat spider bite on leg? It is red swollen and itchy, worsens when I move. Still red after 3 days from bite, doesn't seem to get better if I move

How to treat spider bite on leg? It is red swollen and itchy, worsens when I move. Still red after 3 days from bite, doesn't seem to get better if I move

See your physician: Spider bites notoriously are slow to heal, and can leave large openings. This is something you need to discuss with your position, and you need to keep it clean and protect against infection ...Read more

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My daughter has a swollen red bug bite on her wrist. There is only one bite can it bed bed bugs or a common household spider bite? The bite hard

My daughter has a swollen red bug bite on her wrist. There is only one bite can it bed bed bugs or a common household spider bite? The bite hard

Hard to say: Bed bugs usually feed off and on for hours and cause dozens of evident bites on the victim. Significant spider bites leave a dark hole. Single bites could be many things and is often not amenable to anyone determining their origin. ...Read more

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Yesterday I got bitten by a small brown spider around 4pm and now my bite has swollen, bright red and is as big as golf ball, it's really itchy. It's my first ever spider bite so I don't Know if it's bad or not.

Yesterday I got bitten by a small brown spider around 4pm and now my bite has swollen, bright red and is as big as golf ball, it's really itchy. It's my first ever spider bite so I don't Know if it's bad or not.

See a dermatologist: Where do you live? The brown recluse spider is large, lives mostly in SW USA, and does not attack easily. I hope you saved the spider (if it really is a spider) for expert identification. Whatever you have will be best treated by a DR with knowledge about these things. You need not experiment on yourself. Seek help. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have two swollen red bumps on your upper thigh? Could it be an insect or spider bite?

What does it mean when you have two swollen red bumps on your upper thigh? Could it be an insect or spider bite?

Likely.: Have 2 random red bumps on a leg could easily indicate something as common a bug bite. If it is tender or starting to extend the red discoloration beyond where it is currently, you may want to see a doctor to consider possibly infection post bite. Otherwise, if it is simply itchy and inflamed, use a topical Hydrocortisone over-the-counter product. ...Read more

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I have a rash on my leg. Thought it was from a mosquito bite, but now its swollen and red and I m afraid it's a spider bite. Could you take a look?

I have a rash on my leg. Thought it was from a mosquito bite, but now its swollen and red and I m afraid it's a spider bite. Could you take a look?

Not a spider: There are no venomous spiders in NY. Unless you saw and felt the spider attack you know it is something else. There are hundreds of different causes for a rash on your leg. Does it itch? How long? Best result will be obtained by a trip to a dermatologist. Meanwhile you can try hydrocortisone cream. ...Read more

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My finger is swollen, like it has a bump, and it's itchy but when I scratch it it burns a lot. I see 2 tiny red dots on it. Did I get a spider bite?

My finger is swollen, like it has a bump, and it's itchy but when I scratch it it burns a lot. I see 2 tiny red dots on it. Did I get a spider bite?

I think so: Well...its hard to tell right now. Spider bites are extremely painful. The spider venue that's injected causes necrosis (kills cells causing them to look black). It can itch. But pain is the number one symptom. Yes it can be red as well. The 2 tiny dots may be the fang injection points. ...Read more

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Spider bite on face? Was red, then dark purple, began hurting, and now my jaw underneath it is swollen&painful, & it's hard to breathe. What do I do?

Spider bite on face? Was red, then dark purple, began hurting, and now my jaw underneath it is swollen&painful, & it's hard to breathe. What do I do?

Time to call 911: Any person with a bug bite on the face and then trouble breathing should call 911 for the ambulance. The paramedics will have an Epipen (epinephrine) and other medications to help counteract the possible allergic reaction. The doctor at the E.R. Can evaluate to decide if it indeed is an allergic reaction. ...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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Swollen very painful red bump, getting worse throughout the day. Is it a spider bite or an ingrown hair? No open sores or anything either just a large

Swollen very painful red bump, getting worse throughout the day. Is it a spider bite or an ingrown hair? No open sores or anything either just a large

Difficult to say on: This forum. This sounds like an infection; I would recommend you apply warm compresses and have it looked at by your doctor. It may have started as a bite or an ingrown hair, but now seems to be infected and may need treatment prescribed. If you are a Health Tap Prime member, you can also consider starting with a consult with one of us there. ...Read more

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My fiancé had what looks to be a spider bite, (2 holes, red, itchy, swollen, blistered and sore) should he pop the blisters and the liquid out!?

My fiancé had what looks to be a spider bite, (2 holes, red, itchy, swollen, blistered and sore) should he pop the blisters and the liquid out!?

Wrong question: Spider bites are rare and unlikely to produce what you describe. SO WHAT IS THIS?? Consider a professional opinion, preferably by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up this a.m. with a painless raised red, itchy, swollen spot on the back of her L. hand. I'm worried this may be a spider bite, help.

Mystery bites: Based on your description, this could be a spider bite (but very unlikely to be a dangerous one), or a bite from insect, flea, etc. Sometimes bumps like this represent skin infections which may NOT come from bites. If it looks bad to you now, have a doc look at it today. If looks okay now but increases in size, develops red streaks toward the wrist, or she gets new symptoms, see a doc right away ...Read more

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I woke up yesterday evening a discovered two small spots close together on my upper lip it swollen could it be a spider bite? By it being my lip I could only feel them. It's swollen red and tingling just a little

I woke up yesterday evening a discovered two small spots close together on my upper lip it swollen could it be a spider bite? By it being my lip I could only feel them. It's swollen red and tingling just a little

Yes: Yes it could be a spider bite. It could be an infection from a tooth, hair follicle, or sebaceous gland. Recommend that you see your physician as soon as possible to make sure that it does not progress to a msra infection which is difficult to treat. In the mean time wash it with soap and water then place an antibiotic ointment on the site. ...Read more

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I have 1 spider bite on my leg & my arm red painful itchy very swollen my whole arm is hurting & my leg hard to walk. I feel weak. Whole body is hurts?

I have 1 spider bite on my leg & my arm red painful itchy very swollen my whole arm is hurting & my leg hard to walk. I feel weak. Whole body is hurts?

Seek evaluation ASAP: You need evaluation ASAP for your complaints- your MD, a walk in center, or ER if no other option available. Do not delay. ...Read more