Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

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

By Anonymous September 11, 2017 - 8:58am
Rate This

Add a Comment2 Comments


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.


September 11, 2017 - 9:43am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

In 2009 in my backyard I was bitten by a spiderhow much does it cost from Fort Lauderdale it was night time and I assumed it was a mosquito till I woke up in quarantine the next morning woke up with great pain on my outter right leg and seen fang marks and a circle around the ozing holes went to ER and the hospitalinsist I go on sulfur meds called my sister and both her and my brother were allergic to sulfur drugs went back to ER and wrote me a script for Levaquin again my brother and sister we're allergic and Hospital insist I take it now another allergic reaction so Went to see a pharmacist he told me to stand in salt water to drain the poison it started to heal but 7-10 days later was bit by hornet yes I'm allergic to hornets and the site of spider bite started ozing again? Went back to ER they shot me with predisone which helped but kept going in salt water for 20 minutes a day till spider bite stopped ozzing ! 2 months later I was still feeling nausea and my blood work came back terrible , I have auto immune Disease and was given 10 years to live in 2010 It all makes sense now ! I hope I can help 1 person to stay away from ER, Sulfur you need to see a immune spealist

December 6, 2017 - 12:40am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.