02/12/12 - Noticed blister on my arm after some itching and irritation. At first we thought it might be a burn from using a heating pad but once we punctured the blister and drained it, we noticed a red ring around the edge and the blister site was a bit pitted. My girlfriend had blisters from cryo-freeze and hers were very similar, so we didn't worry much and just cleaned the site gently with generous amounts of rubbing alcohol and bandaged it with antibiotic ointment. Not long after, my arm started to swell around the blister site and became very sore. Any pressure to the muscle on my forearm was quite painful. We started to worry that it may not be a burn, but in fact a spider bite. The dead skin from the top of the blister had rubbed off, so we started scrubbing it well with rubbing alcohol and applying generous amounts of antibiotic ointment. My girlfriend had a Cipro left from her regimen and insisted I start off with it and continue with other antibiotics she had received. Yesterday we noticed that my forearm was not only swollen, but a bit red and warm to the touch, and when we changed the bandage a bit of light yellow ooze came out from the wound. We once again scrubbed it with alcohol and I applied a generous amount of iodine to it. We continued with the alcohol and iodine until this afternoon. We received a tube of Clindamyacin gel which we are now applying to the wound. I've been running a fever of around 99.6 - 99.8 I've had headache and seemingly cold-like symptoms. We will be diligently watching the wound site and changing bandages every few hours. I'll probably be going to the clinic tomorrow if weather permits. We will post photographs as it progresses during bandage changes.
2-12-2012/11:12 pm... Could not wait, bad weather was forecast so we just spent three hours at the hospital E.R... It was NOT a Recluse bite, thank god, but the doctor said "something had got me", so I am very lucky!!!
FYI: One point we'd like to make is the doctor said "Clindamyacin gel" was perfect for insect bites and gave me a script for Bactrim DS; Seprta 'sulfamethozazole-trimethoprim. He also said not to use rubbing alcohol or Mercurochrome on bites because it will irritate the situation... He could not identify what exactly had bitten me...
We hope this info helps others and good luck, I was lucky, I hope you are also.... mm