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Spider bites
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F14    Posted 08-15-2001 at 03:38:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been bitten by something. Initially it was much like a mosquito bite, just a little swelling and itching. That was 3-4 days ago.

The minor swelling and itching continues, and there is a slightly reddened area about 2 inches in diameter around the bite. Yesterday afternoon, there was an area about the size of a pin head in the very center of the bite that had some pus in it.

This morning the area is about the same, minus the pus. I feel fine, no symptoms other than the itching and redness.

I'm wondering if I should have this looked at. I have no reason to believe it was anything other than the run-of-the-mill mosquito, deer fly or black fly, and it's right in the area where the waist of my jeans would irritate it. Getting in to see a doctor is a major PITA (lucky to get an appointment 6 weeks down the road) and the local emergency room is pretty much a joke unless you walk in with your guts in a basket.


Safehaven    Posted 08-17-2001 at 06:51:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got bit in my lower back by a spider a couple of years ago. It started out looking just like a mosquito bite and it went away without any of the symptoms of some of the other spider bites you have seen. It was followed a week later by flu and arthritic like symptoms. I ignored it and that was a bad idea i ended up loosing the use of my legs for 3 1/2 weeks due to it being close to my spine. The ER doctor diagnosed it as being arthritis until i ended up being paralyzed. It took an infectious disease doctor to figure it out he said since i waited so long i was very lucky. The bite caused extreme swelling in my legs severe joint pain and swelling in the nodes and glands around my heart. I was lucky due to the fact that it went to the nodes around my heart. Did not mean to be so long winded but you need to have it checked. Doctor says i will always have some of it left in my system and that i should try real hard to not get bite again.


phyllis    Posted 08-15-2001 at 16:42:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Found some photos of Lyme Disease rashes.


Larry    Posted 08-15-2001 at 15:14:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Sounds like a deer tick bite. You had better get to a Doctor and get started on some antibiotics right away. Lymes disease isn't any fun,and can cause some long term effects on your health if not treated right away.


Alvin-Va    Posted 08-15-2001 at 05:32:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hey F14,Have you considered Lymes,comes from a tick bite.The location of your bite sounds more like a tick than a spider.The blood sucking little &$%)*$%# like warm moist locations,sometimes they can be scratched off and you don't know what bit you.Don't want to play long distance Doctor but the bite description is likened to a'bullseye'.Go to WWW.noah-health.org,good pictures there,if I got that site wrong just search'Lymes',hundreds of sites listed.


F14    Posted 08-15-2001 at 05:52:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, I'll check it out. Had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick bite down in South Carolina a few years back. Not fun.


phyllis    Posted 08-15-2001 at 04:39:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Here's a photo of a recluse bite.


F14...Ewwwwwwww!    Posted 08-15-2001 at 04:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, Phyllis. Not even close, probably just my belt irritating a skeeter bite, exacerbated by a slight case of Dunlop's Disease...


phyllis    Posted 08-15-2001 at 05:05:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Glad it's not the recluse bite! From what I have heard, it doesn't take long for it to start looking bad. After 2-3 days, it would probably look as bad or worse than the picture.


F14...Oh, and...    Posted 08-15-2001 at 03:40:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
I surfed around and looked at info on brown recluse bites. They don't have any pics of the very early stages, but it doesn't appear at this point to indicate a BRS, and I have none of the symptoms.


brittany    Posted 06-07-2007 at 16:04:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i first thoughtit was a mosquito bite... but it got much worse.


phyllis    Posted 08-15-2001 at 04:06:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Normally, I think a spider bite will have the flesh start to 'eat' away and will get bigger and bigger, or maybe deeper. You still should probably see a doctor, especially if it starts to look worse, or you start to feel bad or strange.


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