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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is also known as Staph Infection. Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more


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I have a sore on my right leg and it hurts. My mom says it looks like a spider bite. It is white around the center and red around the white. Help?

I have a sore on my right leg and it hurts. My mom says it looks like a spider bite. It is white around the center and red around the white. Help?

Bite?: Could be a spider bite and it should resolve in about 7-10 days (get better day by day). Your description could also be a boil. Is it raised and dies it appear to get larger day by day? Boils are skin abscesses. I would get it checked by your pcp to remove any doubt. Both are easily treated. ...Read more

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Husband, Lucius has asthma. He has large sore on leg. Looks like spider bite. He's using inhaler 3 to 4 times a day. Not sure what to do.

Husband, Lucius has asthma.  He has large sore on leg. Looks like spider bite. He's using inhaler 3 to 4 times a day. Not sure what to do.

See a doctor: If the sore is not healing and/ or is draining or painful a doctor visit is needed. The inhaler use has no connection to the sore. ...Read more

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May this be a brown recluse spider bite. Started out looking like a boil then it went down. The place then got real red, painfull and puss came out now it is red swollen and looks and feels like the tissue around it is kinda ruff and tender at the same t

May this be a brown  recluse spider bite. Started out looking like a boil then it went down. The place then got real red, painfull and puss came out now it is red swollen and looks and feels like the tissue around it is kinda ruff and tender at the same t

Brown recluse?: Did you see the spider? If not it may just be any insect. All punctures to the skin can lead to infection and pain. Wash with soap and water cover the area with a dressing and watch for fever, swelling and increased redness. See a doctor if you worsen. ...Read more

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I have a slightly large pimple like sore on my back. It's not itchy but it is painful. Could it be from a spider bite?

I have a slightly large pimple like sore on my back. It's not itchy but it is painful.  Could it be from a spider bite?

Unlikely: Most common lesion on the back as you described is a pimple or sebaceous cyst. Both of which are localized skin infections/inflammations. A spider bite could occur on back but is less likely. A spider bite could get infected or it could cause tissue necrosis as with the brown recluse spider bites. Best to have a doc look at it. ...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 unknown spider bite on right breast 2 weeks ago. Got a rochepin shot and 10 days of bactrim now the is really sore & red, warm to touch & black?

Got a unknown spider bite on right breast 2 weeks ago. Got a rochepin shot and 10 days of bactrim now the is really sore & red, warm to touch & black?

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within a few days and certainly shouldn't get worse. Cellulitis is the condition of the skin when infected, characterized by warmth, tenderness, redness and sometimes drainage. Cellulitis that doesn't improve with oral medications often requires IV antibiotics and possibly surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Possible spider bite? Blister on arm, area is red around the blister, arm is sore, mild discomfort. Maybe hobo spider? Go 2 ER now to reduce damage?

Possible spider bite? Blister on arm, area is red around the blister, arm is sore, mild discomfort. Maybe hobo spider? Go 2 ER now to reduce damage?

Probably not: There are hobo spiders in WA. If they ever bite at all, the result is much less severe than brown recluse. Expert opinion differs as to the existence of any bites by hobos. They are very reluctant to attack. Unless you saw and felt a bite, then took the creature for expert identification, assume it is something else. Best bet is a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can spider bites cause cold/flu symptoms I have two huge spider bites now I have a headache, getting weak & now a minor sore throat hurts to swallow ?

Can spider bites cause cold/flu symptoms I have two huge spider bites now I have a headache, getting weak & now a minor sore throat hurts to swallow ?

Get medical eval: 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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