(Closed) Doctor bees….Spider bite?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Have you taken some benedryl?  Did he give you some antibiotics?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I’m not a doctor, but I’d say if it hasn’t cleared by morning, go to urgent care.  Spider bites are soo, soo serious, and I never realized how serious they were until my mom’s friend’s boyfriend got one last year.  He went to the doctor and got stuff to treat the bite.  They told him if it got worse to go to the ER.  Well, it got worse (swollen, itchy, painful, etc.) and he refused to go to the ER.  He ended up passing out at work and had an ambulance called.  He was hospitalized and I can’t remember what all happened to him, but his body temperature was out of whack and stuff.  It was scary.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you still have the dead spider? If your Dr. or parents haven’t treated one before, I’d be sure to go into the ER/other doc tomorrow just to double check if it’s continuing to bother you. Certain spiders are baaad news.

However, I am a slow healer, and spider bites (even mosquito bites) last days or even a week or two on me. So it could just be how you react to insect bites. Best to be cautious, though, but try not to get tooo worried about it. 

ETA- not a doctor bee

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

That’s interesting.  I’m not a dr either, but when I’ve gotten bitten by spiders, I’ve always gotten a shot of antibiotics.  I agree with the others, go to urgent care or the ER tomorrow if it’s still feeling weird.  

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

There isn’t many other medications (that I know of) to treat that unless an apparent cellulitis is present; is there redness around it that is spreading? I would guess that the docs I work for would encourage you to start taking a lot of Benadryl regularly, like every 4-6 hours if you can. Get some Hydrocortisone cream (highest OTC strength) and apply it three times a day. And then if it doesn’t improve in three days, it’s probably infected and needs antibiotics. I work as a medical scribe so I go into the visit with the doctor and type out there note (including the plan part) and this is likely what  most of them would recommend =) Hope that helps! Just an opinion, totally not certified medical advice or anything

 

ETA not a doctor bee either =) just a guess on what the docs I work for would say.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Could you be reacting to the steroids they gave you?  Also, did you actually see the spider bite you?  Often, what people think are spider bites can be staph infections that LOOK like spider bites.  Sounds like you are certain, but in case anyone searches this thread later.  Pretty unusual to catch and smash the little buggers in the act!

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