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Spider bite and uncertain of what to do?

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  • Posted By: butterflykisses
  • November 7, 2006
  • 04:52 PM

we believe that my son has been bit by a spider, unaware of what kind... several people have said that it looks like a brown recluse.

i work for a doctor and until i could get a presciption of pencillin he had me start him on some benedryl to be safe. Now, he is taking some pencillin 3 times a day.

Its hard to tell if there are 2 puncture wounds because theres a slight brown scap over the area. Underneath the area, its covered completely with the red swelling and is alittle over a quarter size in width and height. There is a harden area but doesnt completely lay underneath the area thats red. its very tender to the touch, but the only symptom he is having is the soreness, and maybe a slight fever.

I am probally more freaked out then he is, but I just want to make sure that I am doing the right thing. He is now on antibiotics that my doctor had given him but he hasnt been to the hospital. I am not sure if anything else can be done.

Do I just go with my gut instinct and take him to the ER or just let the antibiotics take its course?

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  • I would take him to the hospital. When I was bitten by an unidentified spider, my hand swelled up terribly and they gave me antibiotics along w/ a tetnus shot. They told me not to mess around w/ something as serious as a bite on an extremity. Better safe than sorry.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 00:53 AM
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  • These days many people get a big pimple and think it is a spider bite, when in fact it is a resistant staph infection. My friend's son got one, and it swelled up so big that he had to go to the hospital. It took 6 antibiotics to cure it (IV antibiotics). He is still getting them from time to time, but I told her to hold a very hot cloth with salt water on it on the pimple. I would do that if I were you just in case it is staph.
    delakande 10 Replies
    • November 8, 2006
    • 01:16 AM
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  • if it looks like things are worsening at all, I'd take him straight to the doctor. My ex got bitten by a spider once.. went to doctor about it and got given medication etc.. was worst a couple of days later so went back to the doctor but the doctor just told him things were fine and sent him home again. His mother right after that ended up taking him to our main cities hospital as things didnt seem right.. and he kept lapsing into sleep and his leg was worse. Fortunately she took him to that hospital as they had to put him straight onto a drip and he spent 5 days in hospital. They said he could of gone into a coma. The bite ended up severely ulcerating his leg too (killed like a big inside area of flesh). To this day he has a massive scar on that leg.
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies
    • November 20, 2006
    • 05:43 AM
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  • Hi, I hope this helps. My stepdad was bitten by a brown lacrose, he ended up in the hospital. Hes very lucky he went when he did. Im not trying to scare you, so im sorry if i do. they told him if he hadnt come in when he did, he would have lost his leg. From what ive heard, if bitten, it eats away at the tissue under the bite and makes a deep and nasty hole. My suggestion would be, get him to a hospital to be on the safe side. Its always better to be safe than sorry. I hope he gets better soon.:o
    needanswers 2 Replies
    • December 31, 2006
    • 05:25 PM
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