Progression and healing of a spider bite

Ok, this is not really study notes, it is just the story of my spider bite.  Well, best guess is a spider bite.  I didn’t feel any bite. 

5-21-10. This is about 6 hours after the first stinging sensation, not a specific event, just noticed that it was stinging like a burn.

5-22-10.  This is about 30 hours after and this is when it was decided to visit the ER.

5-22-10.  The ER doctor (who looked like Clark Kent) suspected a jellyfish sting since it was first noticed after getting out of the ocean.  Bactrim (Sulfameth/Trimethoprim 800/160) was prescribed in case there was some staph infection involvement or to prevent it.  Augmentin (Amox-Clav 875 mg) also prescribed as a broad spectrum antibiotic because the source of the problem was not really known.  Diagnosis – Cellulitis.  Follow up with PP.  (The tiny blue line around the periphery is where we drew a circle with a pen to track enlargement or reduction)

 5-25-10. Morning of day 4 or about 66 hours after noticing the “stinging” sensation.  A visit to the primary physician brought this comment from the doctor “Oh my!  I can’t do nothing with that”.  He prescribed Doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg which covers tick bites and spider bites.  He could not decide whether or not to stop the Augmentin; finally decided to continue it.  He tried to find a surgeon to refer me to because it needed to be debrided.  No luck.  Was advised to go to Duke ER the next morning to find a surgeon to look at the bite.  This picture was taken at the ER (hour 80).  The PA I saw said that the current thought process was not to debride but to let it heal naturally with the help of the Doxycycline [well, maybe this is "study notes" after all, I should forward this link to my PP].  Augmentin was stopped.

 5-26-10. The blisters finally burst.  (The dark streaks to the left are adhesive from tape used to keep it covered).

Day 75-27-10; turned the curve.  The purple ecchymotic area has lost some color and receded somewhat.

5-28-10

  5-29-10; after leaving it uncovered all night…. think I should cover it back up.

6-2-10

6-3-10 scab peeling off, new pink skin beneath!

6-5-10

6-21-10 Day 30

4 Responses to Progression and healing of a spider bite

  1. Whew, this looks extremely painful. I think one of my fears is to get bit by a spider and have this happen to me. Glad you got better! (:

  2. brandon bradley says:

    Excellent photos and descriptions of treatments

  3. big c says:

    what kind of spider was it

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