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Spider bite

11/03/2009

Question:

My 2 1/2 year old niece woke up this morning with her hand really swollen and red. I cant see a bite mark, but she keeps scratching it. Ice hasn`t helped make the swelling go down. Should I wait to take her in, or could it be a spider bit?

Answer:

Thank you very much for the question. While I cannot make a diagnosis with the information that you have shared, I would certainly be concerned that your niece is having either a skin infection or reaction. I think it would be wise to take you niece to her health care provider for a assessment of the swelling. My concern is that this could be an infection with Staph. aureus that would require treatment with antibiotics.

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Stephen E Wilson, MD, MSc Stephen E Wilson, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati