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I think I have a spider bite, what antibiotic is best?

By Anonymous September 11, 2017 - 8:58am
 
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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER.

An antibiotic is prescribed to treat a bacteria infection. Your physician may prescribe an antibiotic if the bite becomes infected.

For most people with spider bites, including black widow and brown recluse spider bites, the following treatment measures are all that's required:

Clean the bite with mild soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment if you think the bite was caused by a brown recluse spider.

Apply a cool compress to the bite. This helps reduce pain and swelling.
If the bite is on an arm or leg, elevate it.

Take over-the-counter medications as needed. You might try a pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), or an antihistamine (Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, others).

Observe the bite for signs of infection.

Regards,
Maryann

September 11, 2017 - 9:43am
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