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    Old 10-22-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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    Question Spider bite aftermath - blood blisters??

    So nearly a month ago I was bitten by a household spider. It bit me on my left wrist, right on/near one of my veins.
    I am naturally thin and my wrists and arms are especially bony. I also work out on a regular basis (lifting light weights, like 5 lbs dumbbells), so this causes my veins to naturally look a little more noticeable.

    When I first felt the pinch of the bite, I just assumed it may have been a mosquito, so without thinking I quickly gave it an itch and then went back to doing laundry.

    However a moment or two later I glanced down and caught sight of my arm. The vein (near where I felt the initial 'bite') that runs along the inside of my left wrist was dramatically 'raised' (puffed above the skin) to an abnormal level.. (we're talking horror movie scary) elevation for a few brief minutes.

    Since the spider bit me either very near or right IN my vein, that particular vein raised to a very scary level. Luckily, (although it still itched ferociously) the swelling subsided and it went back down and looked normal again within a few minutes.

    (No pain, no nausea or dizziness, just itching and the vein looking visually disturbing for a few minutes.)

    I didn't touch it (never itched it again), and within ten to 15 mins the itching (along my vein) stopped.

    The next day, both of my arms (the inside of my arms) felt itchy. I just assumed it was because my skin was dry (as I had no mark from the bite or any other type of marks or rash), so I ran some hot water on the inside of both arms and itched them (it felt sooo good). However, when I looked down, both arms had a hideous dark blotchy rash right where I had just itched. These marks, however, were completely UNDER the skin and I have never (in my life) seen or experienced anything like this (ever).

    So I never itched them again.

    However, directly following this (and for about 2 straight torturous weeks afterwards), I felt an intense 'prickly', tingly itching ALL OVER my body... (we're talking head-to-toe, including my face, ears, eyelids, eyelashes... ev-er-y-where). However, when I looked at my skin, I could not see anything on me. But I could FEEL things crawling on me - and biting me.

    We have a few cats but they are all indoors and all treated regularly with Revolution (a monthly medication that prevents/kills pet fleas, ticks and mites and their eggs). So I could not blame them for this. (We have had them for years, and I had never experienced anything like this before).

    I took numerous showers, washed and re-washed all my laundry and bedding (on hot) but the itching (& biting feeling) still continued. I couldn't stand it anymore (I literally could not sleep, and felt like I was slowly losing my mind) so I went to my allergy doctor and he gave me an antibiotic (hydroxyzine). This worked like a charm, relieving my itching (and the 'crawling sensation' and biting) have not had any since.

    However, I still work out regularly (on a daily basis) with light weight dumbbells ( 5lbs ). I do the same number of reps I have always done, am the same weight I have always been, and have not made any changed to my diet. ( I also am free of any & all medications ). **But now, almost on a daily basis (after I work out) I seem to get a blood blister on my hands or fingers. All the time.**
    They do not hurt ( and of course I don't mess with them, and wash my hands regularly), but they still look gross. The part that really disturbs me is that I have never EVER had blood blisters before in my entire life, prior to the spiderbite and the whole (itching, awful) mess that followed.
    I lift the same amt I always have, same routine, same length of workouts... nothing different . Yet all of the sudden, I am getting these little blood blisters (on my hands/fingers) on a regular basis.
    Of course my hands and fingers are naturally very bony, it's just the idea that this has never ever happened to me prior to the whole spider-bite incident.
    Is it possible these blood blisters (that develop/occur after my workouts) are somehow connected to the spider bite? by something the spider put into my bloodstream when it bit me??? When I went to the doctor I told him about the spider and he did not seem very concerned. He ordered a blood test to give me peace of mind, and results were fine. (And like I said, I have no more itching, rash, etc). But these sudden blood blisters are very bothersome, and I'm wondering if this has anything to do with the spider bite, or if somehow the spider laid eggs/mites of some sort (inside me), and there is some other underlying cause... ???
    if anyone has experienced something similar or knows any further info in regards to this, please reply. I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

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    Old 10-22-2015, 12:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Spider bite aftermath - blood blisters??

    Go see either an infectious disease doctor or a dermatologist. You have been bitten by someting which is causing an allergy in your body. This isnt normal and you know it. General doctors do not specialize in this sort of thing. See a specialist and have them work you up to see what might be causing this.

    I recently went through a period of insane itchiness. I had bites as well, but by the next day they were practically invisable. no one believed me. I had an exterminator come into my home to check for bugs- any kind, and none were found. I had my regular doctor tell me to use cortisone.

    An infectious disease doctor did a heap of tests on me and it turns out that I do have an allergy caused by the change in the weather. I am now using a prescription strength cream, it seems to be working.

    Best to you. . Your not crazy!
    RRMS- dx 05

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