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What can I do for itching from spider bites?

What can I do for itching from spider bites?

Hydrocortisone cream: Usually works well. In sever reactions, an anti-histamine/benadryl will help. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more


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Why do I have itchy spider bites what can I do to make the itching stop?

Bounce: Put lot of bounces in house spiders gone, take benadryl, (diphenhydramine) may be steroids for 7 days., next time put nickel coin on bite it works. ...Read more

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Spider bite popped, not poisonous, should I put ointment of just leave it (it itches a lot)?

Spider bite popped, not poisonous, should I put ointment of just leave it (it itches a lot)?

Yes: Although the bite reaction will get better on its own, it is very reasonable to treat it with an anti-inflammatory cream like 1% hydrocortisone or a stronger cortisone cream if one is available for you, or a calamine/pramoxine cream (Aveeno) until the bite no longer itches, or if naturally oriented, an oil of clove stick applied every few hours works as well. ...Read more

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Today, I popped a spider bite on my bum. The pain is gone, but now it itches like mad. What should I do?

Today, I popped a spider bite on my bum. The pain is gone, but now it itches like mad. What should I do?

Not a spider: Begin with correct definition of the problem. You have not described a spider bite. When did you squeeze it? Did you apply anything to it? A bandage? You might be reacting to something applied. Leave it open, shower daily, and rub in hydrocortisone several times a day. ...Read more

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3 weeks ago I got what I thought was a spider bite on my butt, it itched then went away. Today in the same exact spot there's a bump that itches again?

3 weeks ago I got what I thought was a spider bite on my butt, it itched then went away. Today in the same exact spot there's a bump that itches again?

Staph infection?: Skin abscesses frequently develop after insect bites or other form of skin trauma which can get infected, esp. In the regions of body that are prone to contamination. Pl. get yourself checked to make sure you don't have an abscess that needs to be drained or medication. Feel better! ...Read more

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My daughter has a bite, possibly spider bite since she says it hurts and itches, it has a white ring around it, should I take her to a doctor?

My daughter has a bite, possibly spider bite since she says it hurts and itches, it has a white ring around it, should I take her to a doctor?

Bite: Yes, please take your daughter to the doctor. The bite could be from anything. Tick bites can have long-lasting consequences. This will give you peace of mind. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What does a brown recluse spider bite look like I have a bite on index finger and the skin is coming off. It burns and itches, has little ant bite type bumps

What does a brown recluse spider bite look like I have a bite on index finger and the skin is coming off. It burns and itches, has little ant bite type bumps

A: A brown recluse bite can have different appearances. There can be almost no signs of the bite or there can be a dark escar (scab) with surrounding white tissue (that is dead). In some cases the brown recluse's bite can be necrotoxic and cause very severe damage. It can large amounts of skin to die and can eat into the muscle as well. This type of reaction is usually associated with fever, muscle and joint pain and feeling very ill. I can not diagnose the cause of your symptoms. Brown recluses are actually very little and non-descript looking. If your skin is sloughing off your finger - do recommend that this be medically evaluated. ...Read more

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How long does the itching last from a spider bite?

It depends: It depends on the kind of spider doing the biting. ...Read more

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What should I do about possible spider bite? I suspect I got spider bitten 3 days ago. The spot where the fang marks are is about the size of a dime. It was bright red. Now its changed color. Like a light gray? Its itching horribly. I'm having headac

What should I do about possible spider bite? I suspect I got spider bitten 3 days ago. The spot where the fang marks are is about the size of a dime. It was bright red. Now its changed color. Like a light gray? Its itching horribly. I'm having headac

Treat surface: With antibiotic ointment initially, if redness spreads then may need antibiotics by mouth. The change to darker color is the affect pd toxins that spiders have in the bite. Just make sure this does not get infected. ...Read more

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I have a spider bite. It's raised, swollen, itching, red, pain to touch, no broken in skin &hard in the middle. Swelling is getting worse. Help!

I have a spider bite. It's raised, swollen, itching, red, pain to touch, no broken in skin &hard in the middle. Swelling is getting worse. Help!

Spider type?: Certain types of spiders such as the brown recluse can be very problematic with tissue necrosis and possible subsequent infection as the result of the bite. Without knowing the species of spider I would recommend you see your primary care physician. ...Read more

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What does a spider bite look like? Its was a little bigger then a quarter and left a scar after it stopped itching and I have a few on my legs

What does a spider bite look like? Its was a little bigger then a quarter and left a scar after it stopped itching and I have a few on my legs

Let me help you: Brown recluse spiders are only found in the southeast United States. There are several other species of recluse spider that are similar but less studied than the brown recluse. Brown recluse spiders are often described as having a violin-shaped mark on the back of their midsections, but that mark can be inconsistent. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old daughter has a Spider bite on her leg. She has no symptoms of being sick or bothered by it other than itching. Should we be concerned?

My 3 yr old daughter has a Spider bite on her leg. She has no symptoms of being sick or bothered by it other than itching. Should we be concerned?

Mgt: If there is no pain, swelling or signs of infection, I would advise just using topical Neosporin ointment and close observation. ...Read more

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6 d ago, spider bite on arm. Itching/burning. Hives spreading inch or more q d. Day three tongue swelled. Hives are now on neck. Should I be worried?

6 d ago, spider bite on arm. Itching/burning. Hives spreading inch or more q d. Day three tongue swelled. Hives are now on neck. Should I be worried?

See a dermatologist: Unless you clearly saw and felt the spider, then took it for identification, you have something else. This does not describe a spider bite. Not even close. Also you may not actually have hives. Indicate a need for immediate attention when you call. Meanwhile continue hydrocortisone. Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a sleeping pill and nothing else. ...Read more

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I got 6 spider bites in my sleep one week ago they still itch I am becoming worried. I thought they were mesquiro bites at first. What do I do?

I got 6 spider bites in my sleep one week ago they still itch I am becoming worried. I thought they were mesquiro bites at first. What do I do?

Control the itch!: Most spider bites cause inflammation and itching. When you scratch, more histamine is released, and ultimately, more itching ensues. If the bites are growing, becoming warm and painful or draining white liquid - you need evaluation for cellulitis. Otherwise, you can use OTC hydrocortisone cream, antihistamines (diphenhydramine or cetirizine) and ice packs for management. ...Read more

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Large red bumps on my neck and stomach that itch terribly. Thinking spider bites or allergic reaction. Am I on the right track here?

Large red bumps on my neck and stomach that itch terribly. Thinking spider bites or allergic reaction. Am I on the right track here?

Hives: You are on the right track. It could be from a variety of causes. It could be spider, insect related. Other possibilities include allergic reaction, contact dermatitis, food reaction, and drug or medication reaction. Some people get urticaria of uncertain cause (idiopathic). A lot depends on exactly what the rash looks like, so best option is to see your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Does spider bites spread?

Not usually: If you are bitten by brown recluse spider bite then the black area can spread. A severe reaction to any arthropod bite can spread. ...Read more

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How to heal spider bites?

How to heal spider bites?

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

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Can you die from spider bites?

Can you die from spider bites?

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

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What do spider bites look like?

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. Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you ; you have severe pain (can be felt at bite site ; possibly >. ...Read more

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Is stingose good for spider bites?

Is stingose good for spider bites?

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

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What's the big deal about spider bites?

What's the big deal about spider bites?

According to who?: Not sure what or who's big deal your referring to. Some spiders have venom and their bites can cause infection and severe inflammation. Most spiders are non venomous. ...Read more

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What to do for spider bites that hurt?

What to do for spider bites that hurt?

Medical attention: If the spider bite is from a brown recluse it could evolve into a nasty skin reaction with necrosis and pain --- may need antibiotics and/or steroids. ...Read more

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How do spider bites on humans look like?

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