Spider bites...

  1. I was wondering if spider bites can cause cellulitis?
  2. Visit Blackheartednurse profile page

    About Blackheartednurse

    Joined: Sep '09; Posts: 1,431; Likes: 753

    14 Comments

  3. by   jessiern
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I beleive any breakage in the skin integrity can cause cellulitis
  4. by   Blackheartednurse
    I'm perfectly aware of that but my question specifically adresses the spider bites..I mean realistically how many times do you see a person cutting themselves with a kitchen knife while cutting tomatoes and get infected with cellulitis? Not too often,rarely I think...I think other factors must be present.,that favor the infection...also are there any other types of skin infections except that can be mistakenly taken as cellulitis,thank you....?
    Last edit by Blackheartednurse on Nov 20, '09
  5. by   Lacie
    Oh yes!! My son has had severe cellulitis of his lower forearm requiring medrol dose pack and strong round of antibiotics. All from a spider bite. Then later he had a tick head stuck just under the skin of his abdomen and we didnt know it. Cellulitis set in and it had to be removed in outpatient surgery. Brown Recluse will cause immediate cellulitis most of time also.
  6. by   dscrn
    I have heard that often what are mistaken for spider bites are actually staph infections,,,if conditions are right, they can result in a full blown cellulitis.
  7. by   PAERRN20
    The old spider bite- which usually ends up being MRSA. At least in my ER.
  8. by   Lacie
    My sons was definitely spider (brown recluse) we were able to kill it and take it with us to the ER at the time of the bite. Living in Florida Brown Recluse can be encountered just about anywhere. Even with the immediate treatment his arm became very inflammed and we dealt with the cellulitis for several weeks. Granted many of the situations of cellulitis get chalked up to spiker bites and turn out to be other issues but the poster was specific in her question. Yes spider bites can result in cellulitis and be severe. In the second case with the tick head, it was confirmed by after being sent to lab and confirmed as the cause. If my son could find a tree or a bush to get under he did when he was younger. He now sprays himself down real good before anymore hiking/repelling trips of which is where he acquired both instances of cellulitis.
  9. by   reisling
    Quote from Blackheartednurse
    I was wondering if spider bites can cause cellulitis?
    Or course they can cause cellulitis.
  10. by   belgarion
    Even though it's rare for a person to be bitten by one, tarantulas can be pretty filthy and their "fangs" make a good size wound. I was bitten by one (being stupid) as a teen and while I didn't get cellulitis, the doctor had me get a tetnus shot and told my mother to watch for signs of "blood poisoning".
  11. by   Dalzac
    When my son was 2 and a half he was bitten by a brown recluse that had crawled into his diaper and bit him on the butt and got a huge case of celluitis, nearly killed him. It actually left a scar like a hole in his tush. He was so sick. So yes spider bites can cause celluitis. The funny thing now is his girlfriend mentioned how terrible it was that he had been shot in the butt when he was in the army' I thought I was gonna die laughing when I heard her
  12. by   BrnEyedGirl
    Quote from Blackheartednurse
    also are there any other types of skin infections except that can be mistakenly taken as cellulitis,thank you....?

    I think by definition any skin infection could be cellulitis,....cellulitis is just a generic descriptive term for the infection, the cause could be one of millions of different bacteria.
  13. by   VivaLasViejas
    I got cellulitis from a brown recluse spider bite way back when I was in my late teens. I've also had MRSA cellulitis three times as an adult and to this day I don't know how I got it. However, in many cases what appears to be a spider bite really is a staph infection, and at least in my neck of the woods, it's usually MRSA.
  14. by   OldnurseRN
    I agree with the "spider bites" ending up MRSA. We had a real run on these last year ... traced to dirty wrestling mats at high school. Prisons seem to have a lot of "spider bites" leading to cellulitis though it's pretty well known to be staph and MRSA

close