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Spider bite treatments
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Maggie/TX    Posted 08-20-2003 at 21:55:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend of ours has a bite on her leg that she thinks may be a spider bite, she's not sure where it came from. It started out looking like an ant bite and now is swollen, red, and hot and about the size of a silver dollar. She got some funky looking stuff out of it, but it's not getting better. I am worried about her, as she's a single mother and can't afford a doctor unless it's a dire emergency.

Somebody has told her that a good treatment is to rub Vicks VapoRub on it and then put a whole asperin right on it and then a band-aid. The guy said it worked for him. She is trying that and now it is bleeding. Anybody ever hear of this remedy?

I did tell her to watch for red streaking coming off the area and get herself to the emergency room if that happens or if it starts necrotizing. I've also offered her a bottle of Mellaleuca oil T-36, which ought to work if it's not a Brown Recluse or the like. Any thoughts or ideas are welcomed. I would really like to help her out, if possible.


Spider Experience    Posted 08-21-2003 at 10:38:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Benedril is what the doc told my wife to take for a black widow bite on her thigh. She took two every four hours and it sent her to la-la land. I had a nice vacation for a few days!!!


RayP(MI)    Posted 08-21-2003 at 04:24:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Also sounds like the description of a tic bite leading to Lyme disease. Should seek medical treatment immediately. Treatment is relatively inexpensive - not treatment is recipe for disaster!


ret    Posted 08-21-2003 at 03:44:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
not a smart thing to mess around with. She had BETTER get to a doc. If she gets sick, who is going to take care of the kids? No boyfriend or family? Maybe not many friends either?


Be Phlatt    Posted 08-20-2003 at 22:49:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Suzy Q gave some good advice , but here's a link if you want to read it. Try to get her some medical help....Phlatt


Suzy Q    Posted 08-20-2003 at 22:31:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
It would seem to me the smartest thing to do
is go to a Clinic if not the Emergency Room

One should not jeoparodize ones health especially
if you have children to care for.

Most counties do have cost free medical care..
of a small donation accepted.

Encourage her to do this.. it could mean the
difference between life being in good health,
or death.



Maggie/TX    Posted 08-21-2003 at 07:40:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks all for the advice. I may have scared her enough yesterday for her to seek medical help, but I will try again today. She is my son's age (22) and she and her 3 yr. old live with her mom, although her mom works nights and this girl is pretty much on her own, other than having room and board. We do have a free clinic not too far away.


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