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Spider Bite Healing
So I got a spider bite and it's healing now, but today I wanted to see if I could sleep with it not covered up. Can I?
It is not a spider b: Unless you saw and felt the attack, then took the culprit to an expert for identification [none of this occurred, did it?!!! ] then it WAS NOT A SPIDER. Whatever it is, why cover it at all? If a Dr called a "spider bite" find a better Dr. Whatever it is, leave it alone, leave it open, wash it, avoid antibiotics. Read more
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
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
Yes: If there is a lot of open skin then you can get a secondary bacterial infection. Also, you may want to make sure that your tetanus vaccine is up to date as well if you have gotten bit recently. Some spider bites (eg, brown recluse) may benefit from antibiotic treatment (a bit controversial). Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on symptoms: Some sources say a hobo spider bite is like a typical bug bite while other sources say there are bigger symptoms and some dead skin at the bite site (like with a brown recluse). Some sources believe there are too many cases of mistaken identity with hobo spiders, so it's not known if real hobo spider bites are that bad at all. A doctor can evaluate, if the bite is any worse than a simple bug bite. Read more
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
Painful spider bite: A brown recluse spider can make a painful bite in a human, which can turn quickly into a area of ulceration, that may heal very slowly with a scar. The best way to treat such a spider bite is to prevent being bitten. If you are bitten, get to your doctor right away for possible injection of cortisone right into the bite area, or take oral prednisone, and be given other local care. Read more
Antigen response: The true response to a brown recluse bite is severe reaction to a foreign protein. It frequently gets infected also. So, the recommended treatment by a trained physician, is an antibiotic, an anti lepromatous medication and a steroid pack. This can be a serious problem requiring hospitalization, particularly in a child. Complications such as kidney failure can occur. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antivenom: There is a specific Phoneutria spider anti-venom. But only 2.3% of bites require anti-venom since they have small fangs. Their bites to humans usually don't lead to envenomization. Read more
I'm healing from a spider bite but after almost two weeks it still stings and burns. Is that normal?
Black widow spider bite symptoms what are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite and what is the recommended treatment?
Black Widow Spider: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could there be a doctor in the house that knows anything about treatment for brown recluse spider bites?
Several treatments: Recluse bite treatment ranges from essentially local care with cleaning and topical antibiotic ointment to taking oral antibiotics to requiring surgical treatment, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and other more aggressive treatments. There are degrees of envenomation and local tissue response. If you are concerned or if in a critical location (face, genitals, around eye, etc) see md immediately. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer