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Do I have a abcess or spider bite?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends

Most spider bites 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. Spiders get blamed for a lot of insect bites but many are not spider bites.
Generally, if the site is red, swollen, warm and painful, see a physician to determine if an infection is present and treatment is needed.

In brief: Depends

Most spider bites 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. Spiders get blamed for a lot of insect bites but many are not spider bites.
Generally, if the site is red, swollen, warm and painful, see a physician to determine if an infection is present and treatment is needed.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Bouvier is quite accurate. Spider bites are extremely uncommon if not rare, and most lesions of this nature are due to Staphylococcus aureus, often MRSA.
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