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Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Spider Bites (Definition)

Spider bites can often cause redness, pain and inflammation at the site of a bite. Most spider bites are actually from other bugs. Abscess formation is often ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Inwood
Board Certified, Podiatry
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I have red itchy what I think is spider bites on my feet? Over the last 3 days they are become more itchy, painful, red, swollen, blistered, have clear liquid coming out and not some look almost flat and purple. Please help identify these. Thank you!

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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I have red itchy what I think is spider bites on my feet? Over the last 3 days they are become more itchy, painful, red, swollen, blistered, have clear liquid coming out and not some look almost flat and purple. Please help identify these. Thank you!

Infection possible: This is something to be evaluated in person. See your podiatrist or dermatologist for help. The fact that they are draining raises the possibility of infection ...Read more

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Dr. Carisa Hines
Board Certified, Palliative Care
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My spider bite on my thigh was light red for 2days. Now it's red and purple and the only thing I did was put Vic rub. Could this make the bite worse?

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My spider bite on my thigh was light red for 2days. Now it's red and purple and the only thing I did was put Vic rub. Could this make the bite worse?

Bug bite: Any bite that is turning colors may be of concern. I would seek medical attention. I also would not continue to put any ointment on it until you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. James Kufdakis
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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My bf has a spider bite on the back of his leg thats about the size of a quarter it was red at first but now it is dark redish purple is this serious?

Dr. James Kufdakis
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My bf has a spider bite on the back of his leg thats about the size of a quarter it was red at first but now it is dark redish purple is this serious?

Possible necrosis: This sounds like the bite may be becoming necrotic. A brown recluse bite frequently acts like this. Your bf should see a physician as he may need to have this area debrided and or may require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Laurence Fox
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A day ago i found a large spider bite on my breast, there's a decent sized hole in the middle, surrounded by a purple ring, is that normal?

Dr. Laurence Fox
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No: Need wound evaluation and culture of any fluid in hole. Could be MRSA and not a spider bite. Any urgent care can evaluate if you can't see your primary care provider in the next 24 hrs. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Sterling
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How long and what are the signs that a spider bite is properly healing? I am in antibiotic for it now. It's still purple and puss

Dr. Robert Sterling
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How long and what are the signs that a spider bite is properly healing? I am in antibiotic for it now. It's still purple and puss

Paaaaaaarrrrtyyyyy!!: Purple is not on the list of normal skin colors on this planet and pus is normal only if you are a bunch of bacteria having a party on flesh. That means either you're a party-goer from Pluto or you need to get that seen by a doc ASAP. Here on earth, that purple color may mean trouble, so head for a doctor on the double. Your antibiotic ain't workin'--so them bugs have a head start on the party. ...Read more

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Dr. John Thaler
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Bug bite on leg was itchy, grew and is now a round purple bruise on my leg - assuming it is a spider bite but do i need to treat or will it go away?

Dr. John Thaler
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Bug bite on leg was itchy, grew and is now a round purple bruise on my leg - assuming it is a spider bite but do i need to treat or will it go away?

Get checked: May be just as you suspect, but maybe not. Best to get it checked by your MD or Dermatologist. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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Spider bite on face? Was red, then dark purple, began hurting, and now my jaw underneath it is swollen&painful, & it's hard to breathe. What do I do?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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Spider bite on face? Was red, then dark purple, began hurting, and now my jaw underneath it is swollen&painful, & it's hard to breathe. What do I do?

Time to call 911: Any person with a bug bite on the face and then trouble breathing should call 911 for the ambulance. The paramedics will have an Epipen and other medications to help counteract the possible allergic reaction. The doctor at the E.R. Can evaluate to decide if it indeed is an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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I read your answer about a small white bump on a real spider bite being an entry site for the venom.Do you know what type of spider this could be?I have the bite and had fevery and nausea last night and black bruise looking/now purple underneath. I've al

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Where do you live?: Brown recluse spiders are found in central and southwest states. Their bites are quite rare, usually painful, forming ulcers. Unless you saw the spider, felt the bite, and took the spider to an expert, assume it is something else. Black widow bites are even more rare. See a DR to find out what you have instead of spider bite. ...Read more

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