Patient Comments: Spider Bites (Black Widow, Brown Recluse) - Treatments

What was the treatment for your spider bite?

Comment from: jiho16, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I was bitten twice, 6 weeks apart by brown recluse spiders. Both had to be operated on (cut open and removed infection and dead tissue). Both bites were on fingers, the first one was on left ring finger, waited 1 week. before seeking help. Second was on the right index finger, I sought help the 2nd day. I helped to put a cold pack on the 2nd bite and helped keep the poison from spreading.

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Comment from: Meg M, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 02

My sister was bitten by a spider on her thigh two years ago. It was never determined what kind of spider it was but it ate into her flesh and she had to be on a multitude of medications and creams over a three month period. This cleared it up for a few months. However, ever since then she has periodic episodes where she breaks out in hives all over her arms, legs, chest, and back. Doctors have called it psoriasis and labeled it an allergy of one sort or another. She is absolutely miserable and cannot find any relief for whatever she has. We are ready to take her to Mayo Clinic.

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