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Spider Bite And Joint Soreness
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
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
Husband, Lucius has asthma. He has large sore on leg. Looks like spider bite. He's using inhaler 3 to 4 times a day. Not sure what to do.
I got a spider bite on the bottom of my foot 4days ago. Very swollen and sore. I live in Mi. Will it heal on its own, or should I see a dr?
See a doctor.: Spider bites can easily become bad skin infections. You should be evaluated to see if this has happened in your case. ...Read more
I have a sore on my right leg and it hurts. My mom says it looks like a spider bite. It is white around the center and red around the white. Help?
Bite?: Could be a spider bite and it should resolve in about 7-10 days (get better day by day). Your description could also be a boil. Is it raised and dies it appear to get larger day by day? Boils are skin abscesses. I would get it checked by your pcp to remove any doubt. Both are easily treated. ...Read more
I have similar to spider bites. I have two on my arm that are itchy and one on my hip that hurts alot, pimple, red, really sore?
Picture: Can you send a picture? Anyone else living in same house, bedroom with bites? ...Read more
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 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
Possible spider bite? Blister on arm, area is red around the blister, arm is sore, mild discomfort. Maybe hobo spider? Go 2 ER now to reduce damage?
Probably not: There are hobo spiders in WA. If they ever bite at all, the result is much less severe than brown recluse. Expert opinion differs as to the existence of any bites by hobos. They are very reluctant to attack. Unless you saw and felt a bite, then took the creature for expert identification, assume it is something else. Best bet is a dermatologist. ...Read more
Got a unknown spider bite on right breast 2 weeks ago. Got a rochepin shot and 10 days of bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) now the is really sore & red, warm to touch & black?
Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within a few days and certainly shouldn't get worse. Cellulitis is the condition of the skin when infected, characterized by warmth, tenderness, redness and sometimes drainage. Cellulitis that doesn't improve with oral medications often requires IV antibiotics and possibly surgical intervention. ...Read more
Can spider bites cause cold/flu symptoms I have two huge spider bites now I have a headache, getting weak & now a minor sore throat hurts to swallow?
Get medical eval: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you & you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site & possibly 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. ...Read more
Spider bite 4 weeks ago still sore hot pains up and down body stabbing ankles wrists tingling tired aching head feels tight throat swollen ankles too?
Is a spider bite?: It may not have been a spider bite. There have been many cases of skin infections caused by Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA). The lesion is typically described as a spider bite. What happens is this organism penetrates the skin via hair follicle and makes its way into the body. It can evade the immune system, but it can also attack with vigor. Get a blood test! ...Read more
Other than a spider bite, what leaves deep, tender, hard to heal, tough scab, that takes weeks/months to heal?
4 months ago I thought my spider bite was a huge zit and tried to pop it. Now there are small marks that are tender to touch. How serious is this?
Likely not serious.: Since the length of time is approximately 4 months, you are dealing with a more chronic issue. If you were having acute tenderness, this could be urgent. I would still see a physician--who wants to live with unnecessary pain? However, I would not consider this a serious medical emergency. ...Read more
I noticed a bump on my arm on sunday and figured it was a spider bite. Tonight it is bigger, tender & still under skin. Is this an infection?
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 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
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
My nephew has a spider bite on his left lower leg. It is red, swollen and tender. I'm a nurse and have some antibiotics-Is Septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or Keflex better?
NEITHER!!!!!!: Spider bites are RARE. He probably has something else. NO ANTIBIOTIC IS OF ANY USE FOR REACTIONS TO SPIDER VENOM!!! Unless he saw and felt the attack, then took the spider for identification, assume it is something else. Brown recluse and black widow spiders in USA are found almost exclusively in the southwest quadrant. Where are you? Ordinary spiders are completely harmless. ...Read more
I got bitten by a spider and now joints are sore and have an invertigo like feeling. Do u know what sort of spider causes those symptoms in australia?
Spider: Spider bites can be nasty. Your symptoms can come from any toxin from almost any spider. Check the bite site and see what is happening there. Given that you have vertigo which you never had before may be a sign of neural toxicity - I would go have this checked. ...Read more
Some spider bites: And even insect stings can be serious and, rarely, even fatal. You should go to ed, because every locality has different kinds of bugs. ...Read more
This has appeared on the inner part of my knee joint, any idea what it could be? It looks liked a bite, it's red and sore, not massive and not itchy
No photo: I suggest that you upload a photo for evaluation. ...Read more
My knee gets a swollen bit that I can sorta move near the top of it if bent too much, elbows get sore often & I'm "double jointed." do my joints suck?
Evaluation: I would suggest evaluation by a physician and possibly undergoing laboratory tests and x-rays. ...Read more
When should I go to the dr? I suspect tick bite (red itchy rash al over, headache, sore and stiff neck, aching joints, tired and bite mark on my leg)
Possible Lyme: Disease: go now!Get a more detailed answer ›
Do I have lyme? Tick bite 4 months ago. Now feeling achy, loss of appetite, sore joints, slight headaches, depression, head foggy, sleeping weird? Help
5 days sore throat, severe body/joint ache & fever (100-102). Thought it was strep or virus, but today I find a bullseye-like bite on my trunk. Can it be Lyme disease? Is it too early for blood test?
Epidemiology: When early lyme is suspected, the diagnosis is based on clinical grounds. Taking a picture of the rash & having a doctor examine it before it disappear is advisable. Other things can cause a bulls eye rash such as a fixed drug eruption, southern tick-associated rash illness, etc. Early recognition is very important. Its too early for an antibody blood test. Epidemiology will help your doc answer. ...Read more
My spider bite on my leg is infected and I have been prescribed with antibiotics but it is still very sore and quite swollen. I can't even walk normal?
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, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly >. ...Read more
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, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. ...Read more
Spider bites that: Cause cramping of muscles in the area of the bite, generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing & tremor (black widow). Or The surrounding skin becomes hard, swollen & can be red, white & blue. A deep lesion can develop which can eat through fat & muscle. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, generalized muscle & joint > ...Read more
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
Not common...: ...But, there are some dangerous spiders out there. In north america the more common are the black widow (pretty immediately painful bite) and the brown recluse (causes delayed local tissue destruction). These bites are relatively rare. Most "spider bites" can be treated with ice, rest, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and time. Sometimes an anti-histamine or topical steroid can also be helpful for symptoms. ...Read more