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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flea Bites (Definition)

Flea bites occur when a flea bites a person, and can cause itching and irritation at the site of the bite ...Read more


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

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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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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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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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

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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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