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I have been bitten by a house spider on my shoulder stomach

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i have been bitten by a house spider on my shoulder stomach and worse- my nipple and areola.
It's not overly painful but I have bouts of reaction where it is extremely inflamed and incredibly itchy. Should I be worried?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 2 years ago.
When was this incident happened?
Do you have swelling,redness on affected areas?
Have you taken any medications?
Any medical history?
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Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 2 years ago.
All spiders have some sort of venom, but the degree's of the potency of the venom vary from spider to spider.
The symptoms usually develop within 24-72 hours following a bite, and can last for up to 2-3 weeks, depending on the type of spider, venom, and allergic reaction which one may exhibit.
Normally, it is suggested to apply ice packs to the area initially/immediately following the bite to help reduce inflammation or any swelling, and wash the area well with soap and water.
You may also apply OTC Hydrocortisone cream mixed with bacitracin antibiotic ointment to the affected areas.
Take OTC Motrin and Claritin/Benadryl.
Experiencing soreness to the area after a bite is common, until the area effectively heals, but I would recommend having this checked by your doctor to be sure that everything is as it should be, for your safety.
If required your doctor may prescribe you oral antibiotics and high potent steroid.
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