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Measuring a Spider Bite

Draw a Line and Dare the Spider Bite to Cross It

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Updated February 01, 2010

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Measuring a Spider Bite
(c) Angela Phillips
This image shows how a lesion can progress over time. Notice the line drawn around the lesion. That is a common method for keeping track of an expanding rash or area of swelling. Be sure to note the time and date when a line is drawn to know how fast the lesion expands. A note from Angela:
I didn't see the culprit that bit me. The bite initially resembled a mosquito bite. Three days later (and after antibiotics), it was the mess seen in the photo on the left. The photo on the right was taken ten days after the initial bite. I still have no idea what bit me (neither does the doctor). Fortunately [at the time of this submission] it's getting better and hasn't worsened. Sure would like to know what bit me so I can avoid it.

I like the fact that her doctor didn't simply blame a spider. I especially like the fact he didn't jump on the brown recluse bandwagon. Like most folks with lesions like this, Angela may never know what -- if anything -- bit her.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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