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Doctor insights on: Side Effects From Spider Bites

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Dr. Christopher Moeller Dr. Moeller
Dermatology
34 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Does spider bites spread?

Does spider bites 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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Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What to do for spider bites that hurt?

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

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Does all spider bites have a halo around it?

Halo Insect Bites: Insect bites may be grouped, raised (papular), hive-like (urticarial) and have a surrounding halo. Occasionally a central depression, or punctum, can be seen. Almost any insect can cause a halo insect bite depending on the person. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier Dr. Bouvier
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Should i pop my spider bites or leave them to heal on their own?

Should i pop my spider bites or leave them to heal on their own?

No: Spider bites for the majority of the time will heal on their own. If you open the wound, you can introduce infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Morris Westfried Dr. Westfried
Dermatology
42 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Why do spider bites make your skin so hot?

Why do spider bites make your skin so hot?

Inflammation: Chemicals from the bite irritate the skin and blood vessels and cause an irritation ti the nerve fibers causing swelling het and possible hemorrhage in the skin. Bites can also become infected. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier Dr. Bouvier
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
University of Massachusetts Medical School
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How do I treat non-poisonous spider bites?

Basic wound care: Treat with simple wound care including cleansing of the wound, checking tetnus status and watching for signs of progression leading to infection. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Does clear fluid come out of spider bites?

Blister could occur: but frankly, it can be hard to know it is a spider bite without seeing the spider. 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. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Oberman Dr. Oberman
Podiatry
27 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Will umf 15 manuka honey heal spider bites?

Will umf  15 manuka honey heal spider bites?

That and others: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Do a lot of people get brown recluse spider bites?

Do a lot of people get brown recluse spider bites?

Not many: Brown recluse spiders are mostly in the midwest, usually in basements and hidden areas. They are not aggressive but will bite if disturbed. Most spider bites are by other species. Look for the fiddle pattern on the spider. Bites are rare but need serious attention as they lead to a persistent necrosis which can last for months. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab Dr. Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
36 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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Is it possible to be allergic to all spider bites?

Spider bites: Rather stings, usually cause a toxic reaction not an allergic reaction, not all venoms are alike, need to call poison control center case it happens, God forbids, or go to ER ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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Is it possible for you to bleed a little when a spider bites?

Is it possible for you to bleed a little when a spider bites?

Not a spider: A spider bite does not "bleed a little", it hurts like hell. Unless you saw the spider, felt a sudden pain, took the spider to an expert, it was not a spider. Spider bites are rare. This was something else. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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I am allergic to spider bites and i need help after being bitten?

Infection: Unless you were bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider, the major problem you may face is a secondary infection (often staph) from the spider bite. If the bite area is spreading and getting painful, see your doctor asap ...Read more