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Sun May 01 17:35:33 UTC 2011

I am Type 2 and recently according to a dermatologist received a spider bite right in the corner of my left eye. First itching then big hard knots,
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then swelling. the dr gave me antibiotic which made me very sick then stopped that & gave me an ointment. It is going on 3 weeks and is still itchy and irritated. It has begun to flake and peel just a little bit and has scabs. Is there anything else I can do? Am 66 yrs old and take Janumet twice a day. I exercise and drink lots of water.
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2011-05-03 20:11:39.0

Hello Sterling
Thank you for bringing your concern to dLife. You ask what else you can do for what is discribed as a "spider bite" near your eye. I first encourage you to rule out a MRSA infection. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infection is frequently mis-diagnosed as a spider bite as the wounds look simular. Did the doctor do a culture of the wound. Ask what the results were. Ask your doctor to rule out MRSA with a culture of the exudate from the wound.

Secondly, because of the location of the wound, see a ophthalmologist. No matter what this infection ends up being, the location of this infection needs to be seen by an ophthalmologist.

Thirdly, but not least, keep your glucose levels within target as no matter what this infection is, if your glucose is high, it will be difficult to resolve.

Practice good infection control measures. Wash your hands. Use paper towels to dry your face so you can throw them out after each use. Finish all antibiotic prescriptions completely. Follow up with your provider after all antibiotics are completed to be sure the infection is resolved.

Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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2011-05-03 20:00:12.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

During the healing process, it is normal to feel some itching. Be sure to keep the area clean and dry.

Since the irritation is going on 3 weeks and does not appear to lessen, contact your doctor. He or she can evaluate if the healing is properly progressing.

It also normal for blood glucose (sugar) to increase while you are healing. You may wish to check your blood glucose more often. Your doctor may need to adjust your diabetes medicine during this time.

In the mean time, continue to follow your meal and exercise plan. Do drink plenty of water to remain well hydrated.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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