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What Do I Do For A Spider Bite
Depends: Most spiders can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain but with itch like mosquitos, but others can cause more severe issues and these would be determined by the type of spider bite. In general, treat the wound with cleaning, an observation for any secondary infection. Then for inflammation and itch, you can use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) oral or cream and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends what is: going on. most are like other insect bites. irritation pain swelling and pain. most heal without problems. others become infected requiring wound care and antibiotics. wash with soap and water. keep clean and observe. take benadryl (diphenhydramine) as needed. if things worsen to ER to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Let me help you: A bug bite isn't usually a reason to see your doctor, especially since it's often hard to determine if the bite was from a spider and what kind of spider. But if you believe you've been bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider, or you start to experience severe pain or cramping in your abdomen or back after a spider bite, see your doctor promptly. ...Read more
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
What should I do for a spider bite that still is red & swollen a week later - red area is not large (less than 1cm) - suspect hobo, but not sure.?
See your doctor: If this is a bite from a brown recluse (fiddleback spider) gotten in a corner of your house especially in the basement or attic, then it can cause a progressive, necrotic wound of rather large size. You should get an evaluation as soon as possible to treat this and prevent spread. ...Read more
Natural Healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more
Is it normal for a spider bite to not be healed 4 months later? No pain/itch theres just still a round pink spot there
Yes: Its possible yes. Toxins in the venom can cause long lasting effects, both cellularly and neurologically. You may wish to have a dermatologist look at it if your concerned. ...Read more
Boil: I've answered many questions about 'spider bites' today. They are rarely spider bites; they're usually bacterial infections of the skin, most often caused by staph aureus. The usually treatments are with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or clindamycin. However, by the time they've turned into boils, they may need to be opened and drained. ...Read more
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