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Suggest remedy for blotchy red wound after spider bite

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Posted on Mon, 25 May 2015
Question: I was bitten by some spiders (I think) about 6 weeks ago doing yard work and the wounds are not healing normally. The round wounds are a blotchy red color and are covered with a bumpy, thin scab. One is the size of a silver dollar, the other is 2.5 in. across. Do I need to see my doctor or a dermatologist or will they eventually heal? I've tried covering them with bandaids and neosporin a couple of times to promote healing and this did not help.
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please, upload an image for review!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this possible spider bite and the persistent wound. To provide personalized and helpful information, I would like to personally review this wound. For this, I will suggest that you upload an image for review.

To upload an image, click on the link to upload a file and follow the instructions. This would be transmitted to me and I will get back to you with helpful answers and recommendations. Also, you can send the image to YYYY@YYYY and request that they upload it to your query if you are having any difficulties.

If for any reasons you cannot get an image uploaded, let me know and I will provide as much information as possible to help address your concerns.

I look forward to hear from you at your earliest convenience and promise to respond promptly. Until then, I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Neel Kudchadkar
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Follow up: Dr. Ivo Ditah (17 hours later)
Dr. Ditah,

This is the largest of the three wounds. The color varies during the week and is sometimes a much deeper red. The thin scab has a bubbly surface and I have scraped the bubbles off, but they simply grow back the same way each time. I have even shaved them off which caused them to bleed but nothing changed. The wound is very unsightly to the point I can't wear shorts. Any suggestions you have on how to help heal this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I will suggest the following........

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for this image.

I have reviewed it fully. This wound seems very superficial and not visibly infected. My approach would be that you go ahead and try the following:

1. Keep this area dry and airy.
2. Cleanse twice daily with iodine antiseptic.
3. Do not apply any further products or drugs to this.
4. Also, avoid tight fitting dresses that would constant come in contact with this wound.

Let's review this wound in 3-4days and if there is no significant improvement, then I may recommend that you consider seeing a physician for in person examination.

Let me know what your take is and also the follow up on how well this wound is progressing over time. Until then, I wish you well.
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Suggest remedy for blotchy red wound after spider bite

Brief Answer: Please, upload an image for review! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this possible spider bite and the persistent wound. To provide personalized and helpful information, I would like to personally review this wound. For this, I will suggest that you upload an image for review. To upload an image, click on the link to upload a file and follow the instructions. This would be transmitted to me and I will get back to you with helpful answers and recommendations. Also, you can send the image to YYYY@YYYY and request that they upload it to your query if you are having any difficulties. If for any reasons you cannot get an image uploaded, let me know and I will provide as much information as possible to help address your concerns. I look forward to hear from you at your earliest convenience and promise to respond promptly. Until then, I wish you well.