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Old 08-29-2013, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The day before yesterday hubby got bit by a critter when he grabbed the outside of the storm door. He thought it was a wasp because we have so many, but he didn't see it. I think a wasp he would have seen. Anyway we now wonder if it was a recluse? Regardless, you can't imagine how bad his hand looks and all the doctor did was call in a couple of prescriptions. she didn't even want to see him. Last night he had 3 huge blood and junk filled blisters I popped. It made him feel better and this morning he picked up the meds. As swollen as it got and as bad as it hurt, it isn't any worse, so we guess he will live. We did check, apparently there is absolutely no other treatment, other than antihistamines and anti itching creams. It is simply a matter of time and obviously he hasn't had such a bad reaction that his mouth has swollen, or he has gotten sick. I will add one more thing, the doctor did not even call to say she had called the prescriptions in, hubby called the pharmacy. I guess it might be a blessing in disguise, I have been begging him to change doctors, now he is going to follow my advise.
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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One of my neighbors got bit by a wolf spider on the finger. She went to the ER and they said if she hadn't gone, her finger would have split open from the swelling. I've been bit by the wolf spiders a couple of times, they usually make two bumps and it burns really bad. The two times they got me, it was on the boob and on the foot, so the swelling wasn't the same concern as it was for my neighbor's bite.

If you have a bad local reaction to an insect bite or sting, the doctor can prescribe steriods. My kids have to have them for fire ant stings...they always get stung on the foot and then it swells up to where they can't walk.

Maybe if you post a picture of your husband's bite, someone would have a clue what got him.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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One of my neighbors got bit by a wolf spider on the finger. She went to the ER and they said if she hadn't gone, her finger would have split open from the swelling. I've been bit by the wolf spiders a couple of times, they usually make two bumps and it burns really bad. The two times they got me, it was on the boob and on the foot, so the swelling wasn't the same concern as it was for my neighbor's bite.

If you have a bad local reaction to an insect bite or sting, the doctor can prescribe steriods. My kids have to have them for fire ant stings...they always get stung on the foot and then it swells up to where they can't walk.

Maybe if you post a picture of your husband's bite, someone would have a clue what got him.
The kids still may need those prescriptions for the swelling but next time spray the bites with Windex! Yes, Windex (blue or yellow) has ammonia in it and I have found it works quickly! Just a spritz; no need to go any further. Steroids are bad news for most people that have to take them.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I can't wait for winter!!!! "Hey bugs!! take that. Minus 30 and no coat? Freeze ya buggers!
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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A recluse probably wouldn't have been hanging around on the outside of the storm door. You usually find them in dark corners or old shoes. Wolf spiders are more common and I hear they can have a nasty bite.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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A recluse probably wouldn't have been hanging around on the outside of the storm door. You usually find them in dark corners or old shoes. Wolf spiders are more common and I hear they can have a nasty bite.
I thought the same thing, that is why we have no idea what it was. I only wish we would have done something so it could have been identified. Anyway, he is going to live, that is the important thing, but now we are almost paranoid to even go out in the yard. I went out this afternoon to pick some tomatoes. I could feel something crawling on my back, inside my top. I was screaming for hubby, but the doors ere closed and he could not hear me. I finally ran into the house. He saw the deadly creature on my back. It was a grass hopper. Our yard is infested with them. They have destroyed the vegetable garden this year.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The kids still may need those prescriptions for the swelling but next time spray the bites with Windex! Yes, Windex (blue or yellow) has ammonia in it and I have found it works quickly! Just a spritz; no need to go any further. Steroids are bad news for most people that have to take them.

We have epi-pens for the allergy too...we consider ourselves lucky when all they need is the 3 day course of oral steriods.
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:19 AM
 
Location: EPWV
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One of my neighbors got bit by a wolf spider on the finger. She went to the ER and they said if she hadn't gone, her finger would have split open from the swelling. I've been bit by the wolf spiders a couple of times, they usually make two bumps and it burns really bad. The two times they got me, it was on the boob and on the foot, so the swelling wasn't the same concern as it was for my neighbor's bite.

If you have a bad local reaction to an insect bite or sting, the doctor can prescribe steriods. My kids have to have them for fire ant stings...they always get stung on the foot and then it swells up to where they can't walk.

Maybe if you post a picture of your husband's bite, someone would have a clue what got him.
True, and I saw something on WebMD the other day that was a slide show showing the various bite marks and what kind of creature caused it.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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^^^Bugs and their bite marks photos...
Bug Bites Pictures Slideshow: Identifying Bugs and Bug Bites - WebMD
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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he had 3 huge blood and junk filled blisters I popped.
FYI for future reference, never ever pop a blister. It opens the wound for infection. Let a doctor make that call.


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I will add one more thing, the doctor did not even call to say she had called the prescriptions in, hubby called the pharmacy. I guess it might be a blessing in disguise, I have been begging him to change doctors, now he is going to follow my advise.


You're going to change doctors because they didn't tell you they called in a prescription for you, when they didn't even demand to see you first?
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