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    Advice needed on likely spider bite

    Was hoping there were some doctors in the house, or at least anyone that has some experience/expertise with probable spider bites.

    I have a really bright red mark on my ankle about an inch in diameter, with two distinct brownish bite marks in the middle. It certainly looks like a spider bite. That area is itchy in itself, but furthermore, the 3-5 inch area below it -- about 2-3 inches wide -- is also very itchy, slightly pink and showing signs of swelling a good deal. There is not any severe pain but some mild discomfort when touching the area.

    I don't have reason to believe this is a serious issue, as I've not experienced any nausea, cramping, breathing problems or vomiting. I noticed it this morning when I woke up, but thought it was just a mosquito bite as they are common around here, especially when it's been rainy or moist. But the severity of the itching, redness and swelling has increased throughout the evening. I am not sure if it could lead to those other symptoms if I don't address the bite, so I'm hoping there is someone out there that could give some advice whether I should go get it checked out.
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    Re: Advice needed on likely spider bite

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    Was hoping there were some doctors in the house, or at least anyone that has some experience/expertise with probable spider bites.

    I have a really bright red mark on my ankle about an inch in diameter, with two distinct brownish bite marks in the middle. It certainly looks like a spider bite. That area is itchy in itself, but furthermore, the 3-5 inch area below it -- about 2-3 inches wide -- is also very itchy, slightly pink and showing signs of swelling a good deal. There is not any severe pain but some mild discomfort when touching the area.

    I don't have reason to believe this is a serious issue, as I've not experienced any nausea, cramping, breathing problems or vomiting. I noticed it this morning when I woke up, but thought it was just a mosquito bite as they are common around here, especially when it's been rainy or moist. But the severity of the itching, redness and swelling has increased throughout the evening. I am not sure if it could lead to those other symptoms if I don't address the bite, so I'm hoping there is someone out there that could give some advice where I should go get it checked out.
    Good luck. I would probably sleep on it and check it in the morning, but if it is any worse I would head to a doctor.

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    Good luck. I would probably sleep on it and check it in the morning, but if it is any worse I would head to a doctor.
    That's where I am currently leaning, but given the rapid nature of swelling and area of discomfort the last several hours, my attentiveness to the issue has certainly grown.
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    Re: Advice needed on likely spider bite

    Had a similar encounter recently, only on my hip, which really sucked (being a side-sleeper). You're probably fine since there are no other serious symptoms, but may wanna get it checked out for ease of mind and perhaps something for the itching.
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    Whatever you do ...... do not google spider bite images !!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey View Post
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    Re: Advice needed on likely spider bite

    unless you actually saw the spider most "spider bites" are actually not spider bites. a lot of these are bacterial infections especially MRSA infections. MRSA can affect ill people in many ways (pneumonia, urine infections, blood infections). in healthy people it can still cause serious skin abscesses. people usually end up needing an I&D (incision and drainage) in the emergency room or in the operating room. from what you are describing you need to get this looked at. if you do have a bacterial infection (especially MRSA) the sooner you get treatment started the better.
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    Re: Advice needed on likely spider bite

    one more thing. the fact that it itches is probably a good thing. it makes it more likely that it is a reaction to a bite rather than a bacterial infection. however, its impossible to make a good diagnosis without actually looking at your leg.
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    Re: Advice needed on likely spider bite

    Quote Originally Posted by Will M View Post
    most "spider bites" are actually not spider bites. a lot of these are bacterial infections especially MRSA infections. MRSA can affect ill people in many ways (pneumonia, urine infections, blood infections). in healthy people it can still cause serious skin abscesses. people usually end up needing an I&D (incision and drainage) in the emergency room or in the operating room. from what you are describing you need to get this looked at. if you do have a bacterial infection (especially MRSA) the sooner you get treatment started the better.
    I appreciate it. I'm sure it's a spider bite though. It's got the two very distinct bite marks in the center of the red area that have scabbed over, with smallish white rings about both, and my room has been a hotbed for spiders recently as I see them very often. And there isn't any puss whatsoever, which my understanding was often more indicative of an infection.

    The fang marks are pretty distinct in this case.
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    Re: Advice needed on likely spider bite

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    I appreciate it. I'm sure it's a spider bite though. It's got the two very distinct bite marks in the center of the red area that have scabbed over, with smallish white rings about both, and my room has been a hotbed for spiders recently as I see them very often. And there isn't any puss whatsoever, which my understanding was often more indicative of an infection.

    The fang marks are pretty distinct in this case.
    As a general rule, the absence of pus doesn't rule out an infection. Infections (especially of the Staphylococcus aureus variety) are quite often misdiagnosed as being spider bites. But I'd expect that you'd be in a considerable amount of pain with the symptoms spreading beyond the area that they've been localized to by now, rather than experiencing just itching. However, if the redness begins to spread out from beyond that area and the symptoms worsen in any way, you'll really need to get it checked out further ASAP.

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    I called poison control early this morning and they said it didn't exhibit the signs of a Black Widow or Brown Recluse, which were the only two spiders in the U.S. they'd immediately advise someone to seek medical attention. They said there are other spiders that can cause severe local swelling and discomfort, but that I should give it a couple of days to see if the swelling and itchiness subsides. It's still swollen but it hasn't gotten worse since last night, so it looks like it will be fine.
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