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Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Topical ointment: For flea bites use topical ointments that help with itching like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ointment, calamine lotions. Usually they get better in 2-7 days. If the itching is not better with topical ointments then take some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. For kids the dose is based on weight so consult with your doctor. Occasionally bites can get infected with bacteria. Look out for lots of swelling, pain, and possibly pus. ...Read more

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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites - bite from a blood-sucking Siphonaptera which may be itchy and painful. Fleas may ...Read more


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What do I do for a spider bite or mosquito bite?

What do I do for a spider bite or mosquito bite?

Depends: Most spiders can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain but with itch like mosquitos, but others can cause more severe issues and these would be determined by the type of spider bite. In general, treat the wound with cleaning, an observation for any secondary infection. Then for inflammation and itch, you can use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) oral or cream and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. ...Read more

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What to do if I have possibily a bug or spider bite?

What to do if I have possibily a bug or spider bite?

Possible spider bite: 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

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What do I do about an insect bite that caused bruising?

What do I do about an insect bite that caused bruising?

Not a big deal: If you are sure it's a bite and it's painless then i would not worry. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if you got flea bites or tick bites?

What can you do to tell if you got flea bites or tick bites?

Location, location: You are more likely to have a tick bite if your are spending time in forested areas. Flea bites tend to occur closer to home or at the ocean. Some fleas will infest lawns and homes if pest do not have proper flea control. Here are two helpful websites from the centers for disease control and epa ticks: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ticks/ fleas: http://www.Epa.Gov/pesticides/factsheets/flea-tick.Htm. ...Read more

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I would like guidance to what a spider bite looks like?

I would like guidance to what a spider bite looks like?

Depends : On the type of spider, and ther are only 4 genera of spiders in the us that are dangerous to humans but generally, there may be 1 or 2 small puncture wounds in the center of a red, warm, swollen, initially painful (sometimes) but then sometimes itchy area. There may occasionally be some numbness in the area also. However, black widow bites and brown recluse and hobos can be quite different. ...Read more

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What do a bed bug bite look like and what do you do?

What do a bed bug bite look like and what do you do?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's or signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show as fast as an hour or it may not show for several days after being bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions which are clear in center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings –. ...Read more

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How do I tell what a non poisonous spider bite look like?

How do I tell what a non poisonous spider bite look like?

Did you actually see: A 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

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What to do if I have little bites on me i'm not sure if it's a mosquito bite or some sort of rash?

What to do if I have little bites on me i'm not sure if it's a mosquito bite or some sort of rash?

Symptomatic?: Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching. ...Read more

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What to do about a swollen spider bite?

Antibiotics: How long you have had the swelling and how painful and how swollen the bite is will determine whether topical or oral antibiotics make the most sense. Spider bites are notorious for getting infected. If you feel this is the case or you are not sure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What STD do i.Have if it looks like a spider bite?

What STD do i.Have if it looks like a spider bite?

STDs: There are skin eruptions associated with several stds and would need far more info to try and answer your question in further detail. My suggestion is that if you feel you were exposed to an std go and see a doctor, be examined and tested thoroughly. Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do about a mosquito bite that doesn't stop itching?

What should I do about a mosquito bite that doesn't stop itching?

Mosquito bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory effect. Consider applying calamine lotion or crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water & baking soda is effective when applied to lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine for itching. ...Read more

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How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

How big is a tick bite that can cause Lyme disease? I have a bite, but am not sure if it’s from a tick. What do tick bites look like?

Let me help: A small, red bump may appear at the site of the tick bite. This small bump is normal after a tick bite and doesn't indicate lyme disease. However, over the next few days, the redness may expand forming a rash in a bull's-eye pattern, with a red outer ring surrounding a clear area. ...Read more

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How can I tell if what I have is a bug bite or something similar to diaper rash?

How can I tell if what I have is a bug bite or something similar to diaper rash?

Localized: A bug bite usually has a defined reaction more or less circular. A diaper rash like lesion not on the buttocks would likely be red, diffuse, and moist often found between skin folds. Both can be itchy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a spider bite?

Possible spider bite: 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

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What to do about a spider bite?

What to do about a spider bite?

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

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What to do about a spider bite?

Spider Bite: Most spider bites are uncomfortable but harmless. However, a few spiders, like the brown recluse and the black widow, can cause serious illness and damage to the tissues. Care for a regular spider bite with cold compresses or ice. Use over the counter medication, such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, for pain relief. Monitor for allergic reactions, rash, fever and signs of infection. ...Read more

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What to do if I have what looks to be a spider bite?

What to do if I have what looks to be a spider bite?

? Spider bite?: 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 fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site & > ...Read more

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I was bitten by my 3-month old kitten. Do you think I might get rabies? What do cat bites looks like? Do they look more like a puncture or a scratch?

I was bitten by my 3-month old kitten. Do you think I might get rabies? What do cat bites looks like? Do they look more like a puncture or a scratch?

Cat bites: If your kitten has not been exposed to rabies, a bite from that kitten will not transmit rabies. if the skin was broken or scratched, wash thoroughly with lots of soap and water. Watch for redness, swelling or oozing. Skin infections are much more likely than rabies and can be serious. ...Read more

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What do you do if a bug bite gets infection?

What do you do if a bug bite gets infection?

Antibiotics: First, use cool compresses to cool it down(decreasing the inflammation), 30 minutes, twice a day and then use topical antibiotics like polysporin/neosporin in-between soakings. ...Read more

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Spider bite or something else. Maybe flea bite. What should I do?

Topical ointment: For flea bites use topical ointments that help with itching like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) ointment, calamine lotions. Usually they get better in 2-7 days. If the itching is not better with topical ointments then take some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) by mouth. For kids the dose is based on weight so consult with your doctor. Occasionally bites can get infected with bacteria. Look out for lots of swelling, pain, and possibly pus. ...Read more

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I have a very painful pimple or spider bite - what should I do?

Lesion: Cleanse site with soap & water. Keep area clean. Often lesions that one might imagine are from a spider bite -aren't. Take care. ...Read more

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Infected eye swelled up from spider bite, what should I do?

Infected eye swelled up from spider bite, what should I do?

Not a spider: Unless you took the spider to an expert for identification, assume it is something else. Find a better dr. A spider bite on eyelid will cause a huge reaction but is extremely rare. ...Read more

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Having flu like symptoms after a spider bite, what should I do?

Having flu like symptoms after a spider bite, what should I do?

Spider bite: Hello, if you develop symptoms other than pain/discomfort at the site of the spider bite, then see your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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I have this bump thats looks like a mosquito bite but bigger clear fluid coming out. Spider bite? What should I do. Just got another one

Good chance.: There is a good chance that they are insect bites, particularly if they itch. Check your bed to make sure there are no bugs in it (i know, gross) and your pets to make sure they are not bringing in bugs from outside. If you continue to get more, other possibilities, such as viral illness and contact dermatitis, become more likely, and you should see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can a spider bite shoot out something that looks like a maggot or is that something else?

Spider Bite: Spiter bites can develop necrotic tissue and if you have not seek medical treatment or the bite has been exposed to the environment if a fly has come into contact with the lesion eggs can be deposited and eventually maggots can develop. You need to be seen by a doctor to see if you need debridement of the wouund. ...Read more

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I think I got bit by something but I don't know what it could be. I think a spider bite but it's painful and it's been here for more than 3 days and t?

Infected ?: Regardless of what the bite was due to, if it is painful and not getting better, you need to see your doctor for an examination. The bite may be getting infected and you may need antibiotics , anti inflammatories or antihistamines. ...Read more

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Swelling in the scalp maybe a spider bite?

Swelling in the scalp maybe a spider bite?

Spider bite lesions: Have extremely variable presentations. There isn't a way to tell you if the swelling is related to a spider bite. Dermatological evaluation may help to determine the cause for your symptoms. ...Read more

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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Spider bite is hard?

Can be: Any insect bite can cause a local reaction which includes redness, swelling and induration (the feeling of hardness around the bite site), warmth, and sometimes itch. ...Read more

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What to do for a spider bite?

Depends what is: going on. most are like other insect bites. irritation pain swelling and pain. most heal without problems. others become infected requiring wound care and antibiotics. wash with soap and water. keep clean and observe. take benadryl (diphenhydramine) as needed. if things worsen to ER to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Should you pop a spider bite?

Better not to: Once the skin is broken this becomes a portal for potential infection. ...Read more