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bite, cyst, or what?

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Old 05-08-2004, 03:18 PM   #1
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bite, cyst, or what?

I am having a problem with what the doctor thinks is a bite, possibly a spider bite.

It started as a small, hard lump under the skin, under my bra line (less than pea sized). I poked it a bit and a little white stuff came out, so I thought it was a pimple or something. It got worse and worse and very sore, so I went to the doc. He says insect bite and give me an antibiotic, also says to do warm compresses.

That was Thursday and it is even more sore now. I cannot tolerate the warm compresses anymore.

There is a definite center to it, with a *** there, so it is probably a bite. Then there is a red area, then a lighter red area around that. It has a knot now that is about 2" diameter and is very sore to the touch.

Any suggestions? I am considering trying ice packs, rather than warm compresses. I will call Monday, if it is not somewhat better, but what do I need to watch out for in the meantime?


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Old 05-08-2004, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: bite, cyst, or what?

Odd, why did the board not print the word "***"? It put asterisks instead... Maybe spelled it wrong or something?

Old 05-08-2004, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: bite, cyst, or what?

It sounds like a sabaceous cyst to me. I have had a couple of them. It seems like it has gotten infected and that is why it is red and irritating. I had one right at my collar bone and I squeezed at it, It got infected and I swear it got bigger than a golf ball!! I had to go right to a general surgeon and he had to cut it to drain it. I really can't imagine a spider bite having white stuff come out of it, but I am not a Doctor! Good luck and don't squeeze!!! Trust me!

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