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When Spider Bites Become Issues
Published on Thursday, July 2, 2009 by

“Spiderman, Spiderman, Does whatever a spider can. Spins a web, any size, catches thieves just like flies. Look Out! Here comes the Spiderman.” 

picture of a spider bite

That spiderman would be my oldest teenager, who was bit Monday night by some sort of unknown creepy-crawly.  As I wrote before, he woke me up at 1:00 a.m. with a swollen finger and hurting arm.  Benadryl brought it down, but his finger was still super-sized Tuesday morning. 

By the time I got home Tuesday night his hand was puffy and red.  As instructed by a nurse friend of mine, I marked an outline of the redness with a sharpie.  Fortunately, my son didn’t have a fever and he felt normal. 

Wednesday morning resulted in red that had spread past the sharpie.  Off to the doctor!  The doc x-rayed his hand, took two tubes of blood and prescribed both an epi-pen and antibiotic.  Fortunately the x-ray and blood work came back normal.  He was diagnosed with a localized infection from a spider bite.  His hand looks much better after only two doses of the antibiotic.  The fun never ends! 

On the way home I said, “Hey, do you think you can spin a web now?”  “No,” he sighed, “I already tried.”  Dang.

spider bite on the hand

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