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Doctor insights on: Spider Bite Scars

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more


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What does a spider bite look like? Its was a little bigger then a quarter and left a scar after it stopped itching and I have a few on my legs

What does a spider bite look like? Its was a little bigger then a quarter and left a scar after it stopped itching and I have a few on my legs

Let me help you: Brown recluse spiders are only found in the southeast United States. There are several other species of recluse spider that are similar but less studied than the brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders are often described as having a violin-shaped mark on the back of their midsections, but that mark can be inconsistent. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a scar from a spider bite from when I was a kid? The scar left is in the middle of my forehead and depressed.

How do I get rid of a scar from a spider bite from when I was a kid? The scar left is in the middle of my forehead and depressed.

Consultation: You may want to consult with a plastic surgeon on this. S/he can look at the scar and offer opinions or suggestions about it. ...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?

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

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Can you die from a spider bite?

Most spiders are: Harmless. Although deaths are not frequent w most venomous spider bites in the us- the most common reason would be an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What do you do for a spider bite?

What do you do for 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 does a spider bite first like?

A pink or red dot.: 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 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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I would like help on my spider bite?

Please let us know: Specifically how we can help you. You can clarify ; re-ask question. ...Read more

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What are common signs of a spider bite?

What are common signs of a spider bite?

Spider bite: 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.Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, . ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a spider bite?

What are the symptoms of a spider bite?

Let me explain: Mild stinging sensation when bitten.
Slight swelling around one or two small bite marks
dull, numbing pain progressing from the bite site to your abdomen and back withen one hour.
Severe cramping or rigidity in your abdominal muscles.
Generalized, severe pain in your muscles and joints, abdomen or back
nausea and vomiting
dizziness
profuse sweating
tremors
restlessness and anxiety. ...Read more

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How do I treat non-poisonous spider bites?

Basic wound care: Treat with simple wound care including cleansing of the wound, checking tetnus status and watching for signs of progression leading to infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to all spider bites?

Spider bites: Rather stings, usually cause a toxic reaction not an allergic reaction, not all venoms are alike, need to call poison control center case it happens, God forbids, or go to ER ...Read more

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Why is my spider bite warm?

Skin infection: Probably because it's not a spider bite (they rarely are), but a bacterial infection of the skin. The warmth is a sign of inflammation and infection. ...Read more

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Mrsa or spider bite? Has 2 holes

Hard to say: Most MRSA infections are often DX as a spider bite. Brown recluse spider bites have a typical appearance that is different from MRSA infections. The two holes seem like a spider bite. ...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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What are symptoms for recluse spider bite?

What are symptoms for recluse spider bite?

Brown Recluse Spider: When bitten by a brown recluse spider there often is no pain initially. A blister develops with swelling. It then enlarges, hardens ; becomes red. This develops into an ulcer. Other symptoms may include: nausea, vomiting, joint pain, fevers, chills and possibly a rash over the body with small red to purple dots. ...Read more