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I have a boil or spider bite under my armpit and the outer surface area is off white and the center is black with a small hole in the middle and it's painful. Please help me?

I have a boil or spider bite under my armpit and the outer surface area is off white and the center is black with a small hole in the middle and it's painful. Please help me?

Needs evaluation: If you are in a part of the country where the brown recluse spider resides, you might have the beginnings of a serious problem. You should go to an emergency room or your family doctor right away to rule out this problem. ...Read more

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I have this bump under my armpit and it started off small and now it's like 3x bigger and hurts I don't know if it's a spider bite or a boil?

I have this bump under my armpit and it started off small and now it's like 3x bigger and hurts I don't know if it's a spider bite or a boil?

Boil: More likely a boil as this area of the body can be prone to them and a spider would usually have a tough time getting to your arm pit. See a health provider to have it evaluated and possibly drained. ...Read more

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Today I knoticed my armpit very itchy and kind of swollen, I thouvht it was a spider bite but its not, and its very irritated. Help?!

Today I knoticed my armpit very itchy and kind of swollen, I thouvht it was a spider bite but its not, and its very irritated. Help?!

Intertrigo: Spider bites are rare, almost unheard of in idaho, and have very different symptoms. Most common cause for itch in axilla is simple intertrigo due to sweating and rubbing. Try antiperspirant (even if it stings), generic otc Clotrimazole or Miconazole cream, and oct hydrocortisone. You can do all 3. ...Read more

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My boyfrirnd has a rash in groin area and under armpit he also has been on antibiotics for mrsa and pnemonia caused by a spider bite that had necrosis?

My boyfrirnd has a rash in groin area and under armpit he also has been on antibiotics for mrsa and pnemonia caused by a spider bite that had necrosis?

A lot to consider: MRSA is a type of bacteria, not a diagnosis. Does he have a MRSA pneumonia? How is that related to a brown recluse spider? Which antibiotics delivered how, at what doses, for how long? He must have been very ill. Sounds like he has monilial intertrigo related in part to antibiotics. If this is the case, he will improve with miconazole cream, Castellani's solution, and a single dose of oral flucona ...Read more

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My brother got a second spider bit under his under arm, what can he do for that?

My brother got a second spider bit under his under arm, what can he do for that?

Spider Bites = MRSA: Until proven otherwise all spider bites should be seen by a medical expert since most of these turn out to be a very dangerous form of a staph infection. ...Read more

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Hello, I have a huge bite on my arm that seems like a spider bite, it has a red ring around it, and a tiny hole in the center. Can u tell me what to do?

Hello, I have a huge bite on my arm that seems like a spider bite, it has a red ring around it, and a tiny hole in the center. Can u tell me what to do?

See a doctor!: Painful insect bites deserve attention because they can be infected - red, warm, tender. This is even more important with possible spider bites as the infection can lead to tissue necrosis. Please see a doctor ASAP. An ER visit may not be necessary. An urgent care center or virtual consult may suffice. You will likely receive an antibiotic, anti-inflammatories, and lots of reassurance. Good luck! ...Read more

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How does a spider bite look on arm?

How does a spider bite look on arm?

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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I have a painful spider bite on my arm. It is red with a white spot, what should I do?

I have a painful spider bite on my arm. It is red with a white spot, what should I do?

MRSA infection: This is a dangerous staph infection and needs attention, which could include draining it, urgently. ...Read more

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I have a weird rash on my arm at first it looked like a spider bite but after that it looks worse it's been there for a couple weeks now?

I have a weird rash on my arm at first it looked like a spider bite but after that it looks worse it's been there for a couple weeks now?

Rash: Oftentimes patients think a rash may be from a spider bite but there was not a witnessed bite. This oftentimes is a skin infection from a bacteria called MRSA. This can be treated with the appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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My son has a spider bite on his upper arm a lil puffy spot and hard underneath, been there for a week. How can I treat this seems to be bothering him?

My son has a spider bite on his upper arm a lil puffy spot and hard underneath, been there for a week. How can I treat this seems to be bothering him?

Hard to say?: If it is a spider bite, perhaps you would want to be seen? Local care of any would usually consists of warm soap and water with gentle washing/scrubbing, then patting dry with a clean cloth or gauze. Application of a topical antibiotic ointment may be needed and then a loose covering usually with a non-stick (telfa) dressing. Observe for pus, redness, pain, heat, streaking up from the wound. ...Read more

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What spider bites cause numbness in legs and arms?

What spider bites cause numbness in legs and arms?

None: Spider bites do not usually cause these symptoms. Anxiety could. It would be extremely rare that a black widow bite could cause these symptoms, but as I stated earlier, the typical black widow symptoms is severe pain. Usually in the abdomen. Not extremity numbness. ...Read more

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My mom had a rash under her arms that looked like spider bites what is it?

My mom had a rash under her arms that looked like spider bites what is it?

RASH IN ARMPITS: Without seeing the rash, it's difficult to make an accurate diagnosis. This sounds like a rash due to either a new sweater or blouse, or an underarm deodorant or a new soap, or new laundry detergent. Warm water compresses, a mild cleanser like cetaphil, and an over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream, twice daily might giver some relief. If no better, have her examined by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a red rashly red spot on my arm and I don't know if it's a spider bite or not?

I have a red rashly red spot on my arm and I don't know if it's a spider bite or not?

Well: Could be. Hard to say without seeing it. Perhaps set up appt with doc to be safe. Use good hygiene keep area clean and do not touch it ...Read more

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Spider bite on shoulder and their is a stinging numbness from the shoulder all the way down arm?

Spider bite on shoulder and their is a stinging numbness from the shoulder all the way down arm?

Spider???: Unless you saw it and felt it bite, then took it to an expert, assume it was not a spider! Spider bites are rare. Unless you live where venomous spiders live, you will not encounter one. It does not indicate where in the world you are. In USA it is the Southwest from Arkansas to Arizona. Whether a spider or something else, you should see a DR. ...Read more

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I am worried I have a spider bite. But it could also be a boil. It is hot, red, and kind of hard. It's on my arm but I have no bite marks.?

I am worried I have a spider bite. But it could also be a boil. It is hot, red, and kind of hard. It's on my arm but I have no bite marks.?

Where are you?: Spider bites are RARE and never occur in most of USA, even less likely in winter. When they occur they are usually immediately obvious. Boils and pimples common. They heal best and fastest by drainage. ...Read more

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I just noticed a bite with 2 dots on my arm, one of them has a tiny black dot inside looks like a blackhead, I'm thinking spider bite, now what?

Doubt it: Spider bites worth worrying about don't leave tiny black dots. They leave significant black/dark holes measuring several mm across and often angry surrounding skin. It may be a bite, but unless it acts up I'd ignore it. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a spider bite to open up? My boyfriend has a lump on his upper arm that he believes is a spider bite and I was curious

How long does it take for a spider bite to open up? My boyfriend has a lump on his upper arm that he believes is a spider bite and I was curious

24hours: It could progress very quickly. If a brown recluse spider bite it can turn black. Many times bites will turn red and just itch for a while. You could also get cellulitis or impetigo after a bite both bacterial infections of the skin. ...Read more

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Painful blister on arm. Could this be a spider bite? Should I seek medical attention? On vaca soon-afraid of brn recluse-type reaction-but live in WA

Not spider: Spider bite is rare, maybe never where you live. It is immediately painful. Unless you saw and felt the attack, then took the spider for expert identification, assume it is something else. Brown recluse is not normally found in WA. ...Read more

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I woke up with a bump on my arm that looked like a pimple. It was hard and had white stuff come out. It was very painful. Could that be a spider bite?

I woke up with a bump on my arm that looked like a pimple. It was hard and had white stuff come out. It was very painful. Could that be a spider bite?

Bump on arm: Sounds more like an infected pimple. Spider bites do not usually have white material coming out. If this does not clear up quickly, see your doctor to be sure you do not have a MRSA bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I keep getting little blisters all over my body what could it be the one on my yaya is now bright red. All started with a spider bite on my arm?

I keep getting little blisters all over my body what could it be the one on my yaya is now bright red. All started with a spider bite on my arm?

Possible Emergency!: A blistering rash that is heralded by a single ulcerating lesion is concerning. The initial lesion may represent inoculation with Staph or strep bacteria (common after an insect bite or even may mimic an insect bite if the bite was not witnessed). If staph/strep skin infection is followed by generalized red spotty rash or blisters, then one must consider scalded skin syndrome or scarlet fever. ...Read more

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Yestrday woke up with a spider bite in my upper arm. Painful thing as day went one lump grew. Overnight lump has shrunk but pain has spread to elbow.

Yestrday woke up with a spider bite in my upper arm. Painful thing as day went one lump grew. Overnight lump has shrunk but pain has spread to elbow.

Spider bite: It's best to have a physician check your arm because of spreading pain. Other worrisome symptoms would include spreading redness, fever, chills, abdominal discomfort or swelling of the bite site. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a sore on my arm is a pimple or a spider bite?

How can I tell if a sore on my arm is a pimple or a spider bite?

Dots: A spider bite usually has several dots in the red area. Also, the spider injects venom which causes a much larger area of redness and induration (roughness). ...Read more

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Got a bug/spider bite 2 days ago on distal forearm and now have slight swelling with red lines going up my arm. What can I do if don't wanna see doc?

Got a bug/spider bite 2 days ago on distal forearm and now have slight swelling with red lines going up my arm. What can I do if don't wanna see doc?

You need to see a Dr: You have a skin infection and the only way to treat it is with antibiotics. It will not get better on it's own and can become serious if not treated. If you don't have a regular doctor, options are an urgent care center or emergency department. Nowadays even some pharmacies have an urgent care facility. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 3 year old Granddaughter has a spider bite on her arm. It is red with a little blister in the center. How should I treat it?

My 3 year old Granddaughter has a spider bite on her arm. It is red with a little blister in the center. How should I treat it?

Mgt: If the area begins to appear infected, swollen and/or purple, please see your physician today. If there are any breathing problems, I would advise going to the ED.
Otherwise, keep the area clean and dry and apply antibiotic ointment twice daily for three days. ...Read more

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I have a bump that has been pudding think it is a spider bite. And is making my arm numb and tingling?

MRSA: Or methicillin resistant staph aureus, commonly known as flesh eating bacteria, can cause infections that are frequently mistaken for spider bites. If you have symptoms that go up your arm, go to the emergency room now. If this is an MRSA infection, it can spread rapidly and cause a lot of tissue damage. Don't wait the weekend, go to er now. ...Read more