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What is the treatment for spider bite?

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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Phillip Price
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
Great anwser. Wishing you all the very best.
Dr. Martin Raff
Actually true spider bites are uncommon. More often than not these are community acquired MRSA skin infections which are incorrectly interpreted as having been due to a spider bite. The only two spiders in the USA which are a problem are the brown recluse and the black widow. Neither is seen with any frequency.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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In brief: Spider

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.
Cleanse site with soap & water. Remove jewelry. Can use Benadryl for itching, Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and cool compresses.You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it

In brief: Spider

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.
Cleanse site with soap & water. Remove jewelry. Can use Benadryl for itching, Tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain and cool compresses.You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
has been > 10 years). Also medical care if you develop signs of secondary infection.
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