Doctors Lounge - Dermatology AnswersBack to Dermatology Answers List
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.
Date of last update: 10/18/2017.
Forum Name: Dermatology Topics
Question: spider bite or abscess
|jlitt814 - Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:32 pm||
So I have a painful area on my side that looks like an abscess. It has a small white bump at the center, there is a hard lump underneath about the size of a quarter, and a larger red area several inches in diameter. The lump area is painful to touch. I have been aware of this for two days. I had a nurse look at it and she said it was an abscess, however I am concerned that it may be a spider bite. I live with my parents, and my father had a spider bite two weeks ago, that looked like what I have. The doctor thought my dad initially had an abscess, but when then opened it up to drain there was necrotic tissue and said it was a spider bite. We have also found and killed a few brown recluse spiders around the house, and we live in Texas where brown recluse spiders are common. Do you think this could be a spider bite? Either way should I have it checked out by my doctor, and mention that my dad had a spider bite only two weeks ago. So far I have put warm compresses on it, and it hasn't gotten any better.
|DeLWolcott - Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:35 pm||
Definitely get it checked out by your physician and mention your father's bite as soon as you can. It sounds as if it needs to be cleaned out no matter what has caused it.
|| Check a doctor's response to similar questions|
Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?
Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community
Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.
Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.