Painful spider bites. Is this dangerous?

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57 years old 3 swollen with red all around it and with a red spot in the center, very painful spider bits below my left breast ribcage right on top of my heart should I be concerned?

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You should seek medical care immediately with:

  • Pain of severe intensity lasting for more than 24 hours and not responding to medication
  • Increase in inflammation presented by redness and swelling at the site of the spider bite, not responding to medication
  • Fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit along with other signs and symptoms
  • Persisting or worsening of signs and symptoms
  • Profuse Sweating – Could indicate affection of heart muscles due to spider venom
  • Bleeding from the site of the spider bite
  • Pus formation at the site of spider bite – Indicates a secondary bacterial infection of the wound site
  • Blackish discoloration of the wound
  • In case of bite from spiders like Black widow spiders, recluse spider (also widely found in India) or Australian funnel web, treatment should be sought immediately since they can potentially cause serious medical emergencies
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