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We live in the south of England and on Monday 19th Sep 2016 my husband was cutting down a buddleia shrub and noticed that he had been bitten on the wrist, at first he thought it was just a gnat bite that he normally would react to so he took an antihistamine and thought no more of it. Over night the swelling got worse and the bite looked very different from a gnat bite more like a yellow blister, we only had the one antihistime so on Tueday he went to the local shop but they didn't have any so thank goodness he went to the chemist they phoned his GP and he was seen with half an hour. The GP gave him 1000mg of Flucloxacillin immediately then 500mg to take 4 times a day. 1000mg of Co-Codamol 4 times a day. By Wednesday he was in so much pain feeling sick and dizzy, his arm and hand hot and red and there was a red line running up his arm so he went back to the GP and was given Naproxen 500mg 2 times a day, but 20 minutes after taking the Naproxen his throat started to close up the GP said to take anthistimine which helped his throat a little but he then started to cough a lot. Friday he was back at the GPs and by Saturday evening in hospital on a drip.
Although the doctors at the hospital were good and knew it was a spider bite (False window we think) they thought the pain in his hand was gout. they went on to take fluid from the wrist to check for bacterial infection but said no infection or gout crystals were found, and he came home on Sunday. A few days later we got a copy of the letter the hospital sent to our GP which said that he has cellulitis caused by a spider bite and pus was found in the fluid they took. We've only had these false widow spiders over here for a few years so I don't expect the hospital see's many bites, but we were given no follow up information as to how long the pain and swelling might last or any complications to look out for.
11 days after the bite his fingers are still very stiff and he can't really use his hand there is still a small amout of swelling too, the blister is now more of a scab and does look like it's healing.
He took himself off all the pills as they were making him feel so unwell.
Now he's had cellulitis once can he get it again without even being bitten?
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