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What type of spider bite would cause swelling and pain in the localized area and also flu like symptoms?

What type of spider bite would cause swelling and pain in the localized area and also flu like symptoms?

Bl. widow or br. rec: Spider bites are fortunately uncommon. In many cases, presumed spider bites are actually due to another skin condition or an insect sting. The black widow spider and the brown recluse spider can cause the symptoms you describe. in addition to the local redness, irritation, and pain from the bite, these two spiders that are known to cause allergic reactions, which can present as flu-like symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What type of spider bite causes swelling in the bitten area, pain and fever?

What type of spider bite causes swelling in the bitten area, pain and fever?

Several can: Anything that bites you, if bacteria is in their bite, may cause a reaction. The venom/bite of the "brown recluse" spider is well known to cause swelling, redness, pain, and fever in the area though. ...Read more

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Can spider bite cause jaw swelling?

Can spider bite cause jaw swelling?

Yes: Yes, spider bites can cause swelling wherever the bite occurs. If you have no other symptoms aside from jaw swelling, it could be due to many things. In that case, see an oral surgeon for assessment. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the swelling from spider bites to be the size of a baseball?

Is it normal for the swelling from spider bites to be the size of a baseball?

No: A baseball size swelling is quite large, and indicative of something significant going on. Seek a consultation with your pcp or a dermatologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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I just got my spider bites (lip piercings) and my lip swelled. How do I get the swelling down?

I just got my spider bites (lip piercings) and my lip swelled. How do I get the swelling down?

Eval : Use ice packs. However, if you develop redness, purulent drainage, tenderness, warmth, enlargement of lymp nodes or fever - please seek medical attention for possible infection. ...Read more

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When should spider bite swelling go away?

That depends mostly: On which type of spider bit you. Some spider bites may cause almost no symptoms where as the aftermath of a brown recluse spider may take many months to fully heal. ...Read more

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How do I get the swelling down on a spider bite?

Steroid cream: You need to make sure there is no existence of infection before starting this. ...Read more

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How can I stop swelling and pain from spider bite?

How can I stop swelling and pain from spider bite?

Treatments: If this is truly a spider bite, home remedies include elevating the area above the level of the heart, applying ice and taking tylenol (acetaminophen). Do not strenuously exercise, apply heat or try to remove the spider venom. If no improvement, see your physician. ...Read more

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How long does it take the swelling go away from a spider bite on your face?

How long does it take the swelling go away from a spider bite on your face?

See below: Generally speaking, local reactions (redness, swelling, warmth, itch or no itch) to insect bites, including most spiders, maximize at about 72 hours after the bite and then should recede and improve. If it is not improving or worsening and becoming painful, oozing or red streaking is seen going away from the wound toward the center of the body, seek medical care for a possible infection. ...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