Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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'Spider Bite' is Staph Infection

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 11:36 AM


Question: I was treated for a spider bite on my shin in August. At first it was a little superficial sore on my leg, but it has grown into a major wound. What can I do about it?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Your spider bite was actually a staph infection that has proceeded the way all staph infections do....it has enlarged into an abscess. Medications are not the answer here. This must be opened and drained so as the purulent material can escape. Local care is often all that is needed. Usually an iodoform packing will be placed to prevent the open area from closing up again. These conditions must be unroofed and managed properly or deep tissue invasion and blood stream infection may occur. See your doctor without delay. If your doctor is not comfortable with drainage, ask to be referred to a surgeon, or go to the nearest emergency department. By the way, spider bites may complicate to need tissue debridement to prevent abscess formation also, but the vast majority of spider bite complaints we see are actually infections of community acquires MRSA (staph) and need aggressive intervention, and meticulous hand washing as they are very contagious.

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