Post # 1
Back in April I was bit on my leg by a spider. The venom spread out around the initial bite and left a bruise, redness, swelling, etc. It was awful! It was so itchy but my doctor told me not to scratch it because I could irritate the skin and it would leave a large scar.
Actually, at first, we thought it might have been a tick bite and I thought I possibly had Lyme Disease. Thankfully, after the swelling went down, my doctor examined the bite again and she saw 2 seperate spider bites (or 4 puncture marks) right next to each other. She quickly outruled Lyme disease because there’s no way I had 4 ticks on me at once. She said I had a really bad reaction to the spider because it had bitten me twice. Ugh.
Anyways, the skin started peeling about a week before my wedding. The doctor said it was from the venom that killed my skin (yuck!). I thought after it peeled, I would be left with normal skin. Wrong! Now I have about a 1.5 inch brown scar on my leg.
Does anyone know how to get this scar to go away? It’s been over 2 months since the initial bite and I hate looking at my leg and seeing ths ugly scar. I didn’t even scratch the darn thing and it still left a scar!
Here’s a before picture and a picture I took right after the skin peeled. You can’t really see the scar, but it’s more visible in person. The white stuff was baking soda.
And this is the best picture I had gotten of the bite marks. You can definitely see the top two, there’s also two other puncture marks just to the right of them that’s hard to see in this picture.
Post # 2
Mederma works well for getting rid of scars, but even it takes time to work. Honestly I think this scar would go away on its own with time, but Mederma could speed up the process (though it still might take weeks or months)
If you’re worried about it because of your wedding or something, I think you’d probably be better off using makeup or self tanner to cover it instead of trying to quickly get rid of it
Post # 3
I never had much luck with Mederma. Most of my scars look a lot better with time but they still look a little pinker and shinier than the surrounding skin. I will keep an eye out for any new ideas here!
Post # 4
Okay thank you ladies! 🙂 I guess it wouldn’t hurt to try Mederma.
Post # 5
Years ago, I had a little success with those scar silicone sheets. I believe I used the Neosporin brand. Since you wear them for a few hours, it’s more consistent than rubbing Mederma (but I also used that as well). The scars don’t look as raised or pink/dark anymore, but they’re still there so your mileage may vary.
Post # 6
Just wanted to say, OUCH! Do you know what kind of spider bit you? That looks really painful.
Post # 7
TaraMay_: Oh I’ve never heard of silicon sheets. I am totally going to check them out. Thank you!
MrsEdamame: We are almost positive it was a Long Legged Sac Spider. We found 2 in our bedroom right after I got the bite. They like to hang out on ceilings and in the corners of walls. I was doing research on them and apparently they are a very aggressive spider and they normally will bite people even without being provoked. I think it bit me while I was asleep in bed.
Post # 8
BakerBee16: When I had a nasty spider bite I used a combo of mederma & coco butter lotion (but I got vitamin e pills and poked them & poured maybe 4-5 in my lotion). It worked ok, but it took a while (I used it daily / twice daily for at least 6 months) and you can see the indent it made in my skin (white indent similar to chickenpox scars) but no redness or brown scarring…. BUT I scar and bruise really easily & my pale nearly translucent skin doesnt help anything so I knew it would take forever to go away.
Edit: my mom swears by strivectin, but she uses it for stretch marks & acne scars. It’s pricey though- maybe you could try to find a sample size and see how it goes? She used mederma before and said the strivectin is amazingly quicker…
Post # 9
Now I’m freaked out, I suffer from severe arachnopobia!
So far I never had to deal with any kind of scars but my mother had a bug bite that got infected from scratching and left a really ugly scar on her face, she visited a dermatologist and he said it would go away on it’s own, he told her to apply something to make the scar less visible while it healed, I don’t know how it’s called, it’s like foundation but it’s made to be used in scars, it causes absolutely no harm to the skin as far as I know.I don’t know the specie that bit you, I’ve found some weird spiders in my house though, they freaked me out so much I had to take a picture of one to have it identified, apparently it is a false black widow, the guys who saw the spider are specialists in these sort of things and said it’s not particularly dangerous but I’ve read so much horror stories about people getting bitten in bed and I’ve found three in my room recently, I’m so scared of getting bitten during sleep.
Post # 10
Pippa28: Yes that is where I am positive I got bit…in my bed. It took me awhile to feel safe and comfortable in my bed again. We sprayed every inch of our apartment, especially the bedroom, with a special bug spray that kills spiders..We haven’t seen one since *knock on wood*
Post # 11
If creams and lotions don’t work for you, how about a tattoo to cover it?? It may be good to turn it into something positive for you
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
They say it’s important to keep scars away from the sun- wear a bandaid or heavy sunblock because if you tan the scar it will never fade!
Also, Vitamin E oil worked for my appendicitis scar!!
Post # 13
I’ve used vitamin E with some success, it might be worth a try.
Post # 14
Sorry – but nothing over the counter will work – not even Mederma…sorry folks! (I had a very detailed converation with my dermatologist re: Mederma)
The only fool proof way to treat scars is laser.
Post # 15
I have a very visible scar that’s gone down very well with mederma as well as always putting high SPF sunscreen on it. Scars and sun don’t mix.
My surgeon said it’s mostly genetics and your skin type that determines how it heals but he also said mederma and vitamin e (maybe?) help.
Fwiw, yours looks pretty faded in the pics so people may not notice as much as you think 😉