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spider bite misdiagnosed now wrongly diagnosed as herpes simplex PLEASE HELP!

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  • Posted By: soconfused101
  • November 15, 2009
  • 04:06 PM

In September my husband noticed an itchy painful rash on his buttock and a tiny patch on his shin - within 3 days it was black and blue and he had a fever and was very sick. He went to the Dr and they diagnosed it as a spider bite. They gave him prednisone and an antibiotic. He ended up having a severe reaction to the prednisone or antibiotic we're not sure which - in which a different type of rash appeared all over his body (hives) and he was having mood swings. We went to the ER where they said that it wasn't in fact a spider bite it looked like an allergic reaction to something and it would go away on it's own and he should start taking benedryl. A few days later things settled down.

Thursday he noticed the rash was back on his buttock again - in the same spot. We went to the dr on Friday she took one look at it and said it was herpes simplex and gave him an RX of valtex and that was the end of it - she didn't give him any blood work or a skin culture. We're now reading about HSV 1 & 2 and we're not convinved thats what he had/has. I've been reading about MRSA and I'm not sure if thats what he might have but I wanted other educated opinions as to what it might be. We called his Dr. again yesterday to question the diagnosis and she basically said that she was sorry that this happened to him but it is what it is. I'm 36 wks pregnant and my obgyn put me on valtrex as well (just a low dose since we had unprotected sex on Wednesday and Thursday the rash appeared). I'm considering taking my husband back to the ER since they at least listened to us last time or maybe the free clinic - I'm not sure what to do to get a proper diagnosis. Herpes simplex can be a life changing diagnosis and his Dr. doesn't seem interested in confirming it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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