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Doctor insights on: Spider Bite Infection Symptoms

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How do I tell if it's a spider bite or some kind of infection?

How do I tell if it's a spider bite or some kind of infection?

Sometimes difficult: These are sometimes difficult to tell apart and sometimes bites can become infected. Bites may have a central puncture wound although with all the redness and inflammation it can be hard to see. It may be felt rather than seen. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Spider bites that cause a infection ?

Yes they can: Any bite to the skin can get secondarily infected. Best not to scratch the bite and use a topical antibiotic for a few days. See your doctor if the bite is getting more red, swollen, and painful. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a mosquito or spider bite infection vs a tick bite infection?

Limited space: Though spider, tick or mosquito bites can sometimes cause infection, the vast majority of them will not. A limited local inflammatory response can be expected from any of these. Symptoms exceeding this should be examined by a physician. 'spider bites' have become a common er complaint over the last several years, when in fact most of these are skin abscesses. ...Read more

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Best antibiotic for a spider bite infection that was not treated with dicloxicillin?

Best antibiotic for a spider bite infection that was not treated with dicloxicillin?

Unlikely: To have been a spider bite. Most of these (unless you have actually seen and identified the spider as a black widow or brown recluse), are community acquired infection with methicillin-resistant staph aureus (mrsa). Many of these are sensitive to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or Doxycycline or sometimes clindamycin. Dicloxacillin is unlikely to be effective. ...Read more

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My wolf spider bite has puss coming out, is there another way to get the infection stuff out besides going to the doctor?

See Dr.: I agree with dr. Fowler, you have all the constitutional symptoms of an infection, that needs probable i&d, with antibiotics and a dtap to be updated if need be. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a bite and i want to know if it is a spider bite.it has two black punctures with white puss around it.he has no symptoms.

My boyfriend has a bite and i want to know if it is a spider bite.it has two black punctures with white puss around it.he has no symptoms.

Guesses: Over the computer it would be a guess, and most likely, even with a visual inspection, without a definitive history of you seeing the spider, it would be an educated guess. As described though, it sounds like a spider bite. Be sure to keep it clean and watch for signs of infection, like increased redness, streaks, warmth, purulent discharge, fevers, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think i got a brown recluse spider bite--what are the symptoms?

I think i got a brown recluse spider bite--what are the symptoms?

See below and y'Doc: Initially, the bite might go unnoticed or have some minor burning like a bee sting. The other symptoms then may develop from 2-8 hours later, but most bites cause little tissue destruction. Initially, the site might be red and may have small fang marks in the center. The rest of the possible symptoms are related to the time period after the bite and are too involved to list here. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of spider bites and are they dangerous?

What are the symptoms of spider bites and are they dangerous?

Depends: This depends on the type of spider bite and ranges from simple wound care and cleaning to Antivenin administration for latrodectus (black widow) bites to surgical debridement for an extending severely necrotic loxoceles) recluse genus) bite. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of spider bites and what can be done for them?

What are symptoms of spider bites and what can be done for them?

Depends: This depends on the type of spider bite and ranges from simple wound care and cleaning to Antivenin administration for latrodectus (black widow) bites to surgical debridement for an extending severely necrotic loxoceles) recluse genus) bite. ...Read more

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Got a spider bite. Noticed it roughly 24 hours ago. Nothing serious is going on symptom-wise. Will I be ok?

Spider bites: have local skin problems as ONLY POSSIBLE issue by 24 hrs even including black widow/tarantulas (which cause their serious problems within first few hours). Black recluse skin necrosis (skin dying off) and/or infection develops 1-3 days after the bite (mostly does NOT happen). It is quite obvious when it occurs with pain/redness/swelling/hotness and/or skin looking like a burn. or NOT. ...Read more