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Dr. Ward Dean
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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?

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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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?

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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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?

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

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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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?

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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Got a pus filled blister which broke open & bled a lot . The skin around it is very red and tinged purple and hard lump underneath. Spider bite?

Got a pus filled blister which broke open & bled a lot . The skin around it is very red and tinged purple and hard lump underneath. Spider bite?

Skin infections: Pus filled bumps on the skin are usually the symptom of a skin infection. When they become red, warm to touch and painful it is called cellulitis. Treatment of this includes oral antibiotics and occassionally drainage. See your doctor, because resistant infections are becoming more common and require special treatment. ...Read more

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