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Spider Bite Healing
How long and what are the signs that a spider bite is properly healing? I am in antibiotic for it now. It's still purple and puss
Paaaaaaarrrrtyyyyy!!: Purple is not on the list of normal skin colors on this planet and pus is normal only if you are a bunch of bacteria having a party on flesh. That means either you're a party-goer from Pluto or you need to get that seen by a doc ASAP. Here on earth, that purple color may mean trouble, so head for a doctor on the double. Your antibiotic ain't workin'--so them bugs have a head start on the party. ...Read more
Raised circular 4cm diam w 5mm slit-like open wound at center. No puss. Appears insect/spider bite. 1wk ago, not healing w cortisone and benadryl?
Need more info: How are you feeling? Any fever aches & pain? Rash getting bigger? Some insect bites espec tic bites may stay swollen & red for a week but they usually itch. I think it would be a good idea to have your primary care physician refer you to a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Seek immed Rx: Immediate treatment by a know, edge able experienced physician will help to limit the extent of the problem and therefore expedite healing from the injury. ...Read more
I'm healing from a spider bite but after almost two weeks it still stings and burns . Is that normal?
Time: Most spider bites cause only a small local allergic reaction. If this is all it is some anitbiotic ointment a bandaid and time (1 to 2 days) and it should be fine. If it looks like it is getting infected ( increasing redness, pain or not improving) you should see your doctor. Only a small minority of spider bites cause infection or serious skin injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spider bite: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possible 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. Clean area w antibacterial soap. ...Read more
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