Saturday, 22 March 2014

Man Develops Rare Reaction to Spider Bite

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer | March 21, 2014 08:03am ET

The strange rash a man in southern France developed on his arm, torso and thighs turned out to be a serious reaction to a spider bite from 10 days before, according to a new report of his case.

The 66-year-old patient first went to the hospital in Nice two days after his spider bite when he developed a fever and suffered from fatigue and lack of appetite. But doctors didn't find anything unusual when examining him, nor did they find the black, necrotic skin lesions typically seen in spider bites.

The man didn’t get better, and developed pinhead-sized bumps on his forearms. The bumps spread to cover most of his body, and the doctors diagnosed him with a condition called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP).

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