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What type of insect, spider causes a bite that burns intensely and has shooting pains

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I was bitten or stung by something while outdoors--just standing on the lawn. I felt something on my lower calf, so brushed it with my hand, and then felt intense pain---burning and stinging and shooting pains up and down my leg spreading from the site. Never experienced anything like it. It instantly became a red welt and progressed into a red area a bit larger than a silver dollar. The stinging and pains kept up for over an hour. This morning, the pain was gone and the redness was much less--almost gone, but it itches like crazy. I looked down immediately when I felt the sting, but saw nothing. I was not working in a dark area, just visiting in the sunshine on the lawn. Can anyone give me some help?
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Definitely monitor the area closely for any sign of a progression, worsening in any way. Without knowing what it was that caused this, you are pretty much left to await the healing process to alleviate the uncomfortable affects. It the culprit was a Brown Recluse or Black Widow spider, the bite area will probably begin to look worse, but do remember to look for any apparent streaking (beneath the skin) away from the bite area. This will probably not occur now that you have already endured the first 24 hours or so. But if it did (or does) you should get medical attention, as it might indicate a spreading of a toxin in your body.

You failed to mention your geographic region. If you were in the southern U.S., for example, the culprit could also have been a scorpion. And wherever you are, it could have been a wasp or hornet. A close inspection of the site might help determine what it was, as a spider bite typically displays two bite marks in close proximity to each other (from the spider's fangs). A single mark might mean that this was not a spider (or he somehow only got one of his fangs into you as you swept him away).

Scorpions and wasps are not a threat beyond the initial pain of the sting. Most spiders are in the same category, even those that are poisonous, but the Black Widow and Brown Recluse are more dangerous.

Actually, some individuals are more highly sensitive to spider and/or insect venom, and some ordinarily non-lethal bees, wasps, etc, might be a serious problem for these people. Again, monitor the area for signs of worsening.

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I dont know if anyone is still checking this thread but something of the nature just happened to me I was bringing some things in from side yard where I have to walk through our natural garden with lots of trees and vegetation...I have also walked into many spider webs out there our of the blue and hate it every time but have never been bit or had a burning pain like this! Bit about 1/2 inch below earlobe and thought it may have been cut that got exposed to some HCL (muratic acid) vapors... but I tried neutralizing it and it didnt work and a large welp came up fast and its still burning but I cant see bite to see if 1 or 2 marks... I have also seen numerous BIG spiders and Black Widows and Brown R around here as I live in NE Alabama in country... How do I tell if I need to see doctor or go to hospital? After how long should I notice marks? Any help would be appreciated as this is burning like hell?

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I was recently bit by a fire any and was in agony. It actually got worse and radiated pain down my foot, the only thing that worked was freezing cold ice and as soon as I took the ice off it started again like I just got bit, I am a grown woman, have been bit by wasps, bees, nothing compared to this , 8 hours later with no relief I tried chlorox bleach at the advice of a client of mine, and it started to work. Later I learned that there is a difference between a fire ant bite and a fire ant sting, they can sting up to 8 time injecting their venom, if they do this instead of just bite, it's extremely painful.

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I also considered fire ants, but having been their victim I eliminated them as unlikely based on Whorte95 description of the initial pain. Their bites are not too severe if you get them off quickly, which is how I interpreted the information given.

Having also been stung by various flying insects, and also being stung by a scorpion, I felt the description was far more like their stings and bites than that of a fire ant.

I, too, would be interested (for some reason) in whether the source was ever determined.

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If you live in a southern State given that you were on the lawn in the sun you might consider fire ants. The bites of these ants have been so severe that some allergic people have even had anaphylactic shock, asthma attackes, chest pain, shortness of breath after bites from the ants. Itching is also common in addition to welts and pain at the bite site. Just noticed how much time has passed so you may have examined the yard and found the answer by now.

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Other than a black widow or brown recluse most of spider bites will be very similar. Most of the time it will sting for a few hours, itch later on, and become red. If the pain and redness has gone away or is better you shouldnt have much to worry about. If it gets any worse you need to get checked out. Both Brown Recluses and Black Widows can cause severe damage and possible death but it will become aparent quickly if either of these have bit you.

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Hi, Gurldo11 I too had the great misfortune of being stung by a scorpion (probably bark type) which came in on a refrigerator which had been in a garage. It honestly didn't sting at all & felt numb then just ached for about 4 days (give or take). The scorpion was found right away. Knew someone who had multiple fire ant bites/stings in Florida which she said caused a lot of pain, then brought on an asthma attack. Thanks for responding.

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Spider Bites are just like that and are really painful any time you get stung or bite this way and you need to watch the place to see if it gets worse in the next day or so . and this was a non poison spider i hope . and this will itch and be really more or less itching for the next day or so . but if any change comes form the place the go right then to the doctor and watch for red streaks on the leg goin up or down .

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I was bitten by something. it is red and also itches an buses is located on the side of my nick, was wondering what it could be. do not remember getting bitten I woke up I with it.

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I just had the exact type of bite happen to me while driving with my window down. What happened with your bite?

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