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Treatment For Spider Bites On Humans
Could there be a doctor in the house that knows anything about treatment for brown recluse spider bites?
Is there envenomatio: Not all brown recluse bites include venom. The venom is so hugely painful that you will go to emergency within a couple of hours of the bite. Treatment varies. Without venom you can treat it as you would any insect bite. With venom seeing a surgeon very quickly is the answer as this venom destroys tissue and attention is needed to reduce the tissue loss. ...Read more
Spider bite: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possible 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. Clean area w antibacterial soap. ...Read more
Time: Most spider bites cause only a small local allergic reaction. If this is all it is some anitbiotic ointment a bandaid and time (1 to 2 days) and it should be fine. If it looks like it is getting infected (increasing redness, pain or not improving) you should see your doctor. Only a small minority of spider bites cause infection or serious skin injury. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: Some sources say a hobo spider bite is like a typical bug bite while other sources say there are bigger symptoms and some dead skin at the bite site (like with a brown recluse). Some sources believe there are too many cases of mistaken identity with hobo spiders, so it's not known if real hobo spider bites are that bad at all. A doctor can evaluate, if the bite is any worse than a simple bug bite. ...Read more
Painful spider bite: A brown recluse spider can make a painful bite in a human, which can turn quickly into a area of ulceration, that may heal very slowly with a scar. The best way to treat such a spider bite is to prevent being bitten. If you are bitten, get to your doctor right away for possible injection of cortisone right into the bite area, or take oral prednisone, and be given other local care. ...Read more
Antigen response: The true response to a brown recluse bite is severe reaction to a foreign protein. It frequently gets infected also. So, the recommended treatment by a trained physician, is an antibiotic, an anti lepromatous medication and a steroid pack. This can be a serious problem requiring hospitalization, particularly in a child. Complications such as kidney failure can occur. ...Read more
Antivenom: There is a specific Phoneutria spider anti-venom. But only 2.3% of bites require anti-venom since they have small fangs. Their bites to humans usually don't lead to envenomization. ...Read more
Black widow spider bite symptoms what are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite and what is the recommended treatment?
Black Widow Spider: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. ...Read more
Should I seek treatment for this insect bite? Possible spider bite - 2 small marks 1/2" apart surrounded by large (4" diameter) red area.
Think I got spider bite 2 days ago. I thought it was an ingrown hair and picked at it. How do I know if it when to seek treatment?
If there is redness: If the area becomes more swollen, red or painful it is likely you have an infection and not just a spider bite. We often see patients in the ER with "spider bites" which turn out to be infections from hair, pimple or boil these often grow MRSA or resistant Staph infection so it is better to get it checked sooner rather than later if it is looking red or infected. Usually treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or ...Read more
Possible: But not probable.Get a more detailed answer ›
Have a blister and I think it came from a spider bite, it's been 3 days and the blister went from looking like it's about to bust on day 2 and now deflated on day 3. It's as round as a nickel. Will it just go away with no treatment or what is recommended
See below: As long as there is no pain, swelling or sign of infection. It should heal fine. ...Read more
Variable.: Spider bites can have variable appearances. It might cause a pink or red bump with no symptoms. Or it could itch or be painful. Venomous spiders may cause significant pain radiating far from the site, cramping, sweating, necrosis of tissue or worse if there is an allergic reaction. ...Read more
See below: See www. Emedicinehealth. Com/spider_bite_brown_recluse_spider_bite/article_em. Htm for a great article about this. ...Read more
How does Dr. K know for certain that all these bites people describe as spider bites are MRSA if he hasn't cultured them or preformed a gram stain?
MRSA: Because there is an epidemic happening in the world. MRSA lesions are abscesses. Sitting at home with an abscess is unwise. MRSA has an appearance that is classic. And this classic appearance is described nearly identically by patients in my office, by email, online, and by the phone. Regular skin cellulitis or staph is not described as bites. Go to the doctor. Let them examine and test you. ...Read more
Rapid Healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Not usually - but: Possible if allergic. A black widow bite can cause pain that spreads to chest, abdomen or back which may be associated with abdominal cramping. There may be intense sweating near the wound or involving an effected extremity. Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, a mild reaction, an immediate or a delayed reaction. With a significant reaction a which blister appears after bit. The > ...Read more
No: If they are true spider bites, they require serious attention. If you did not see ; feel the spider it was something else. Sometimes minor irritations or insect bites are casually passed of as spider bites without any knowledge of this subject. I urge you to look up spider bites according to the area of the earth and the species of spiders. If you are in the netherlands, there are no spiders that. ...Read more
In US - 2 of: Significance are black widow & brown recluse. ...Read more
Bite marks and venom: Spider bites have typically one site of envenomation and most pit vipers have two injection sites. The kind of venom and its potential effects are extremely variable and depend on the animal, where the bite occurred, the size of the person, the amount of venom injected and other factors. ...Read more
Yes, venomous spider: Bites may cause fever. 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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