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To doctor or not to doctor?

Approximately two weeks ago (I think) I was out in the woods and was possibly bitten by something on the knuckle of my ring finger. The next day the spot ached in the joint, but no other symptoms. Over the last few days, though, the pain has returned and worsened, and now it appears to be getting puffy. Should I go see a medical professional about this? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Apr 2, 2014 - 13 answers

coworker's dog bit my dog, what to say?

A coworker's dog was acting incredibly viciously at the dog park and bit my dog,  causing puncture wounds. What should I say to this guy about what happened, and should I offer any advice about handling his dog? [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Mar 11, 2014 - 17 answers

Our cat is getting extremely hostile to us. What next?

Our cat is acting more and more irrational. I think we will have to have him put down. Any thoughts welcome. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 29, 2014 - 36 answers

Any experience with myofunctional correction?

My daughter's dentist is recommending myofunctional correction to correct a bad bite. My person experience is with regular orthodontics when i was a child and they did nothing. I am open to new approaches, but I'd like to know if anyone has had good or bad experiences with myofunctional correction.
posted by alcahofa on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

bitten by dog, what next?

One of my family members was just bitten by a neighbor's dog on a walk. The family member is elderly with a baby, doesn't speak the best English. The dog is not large, but did bite the elderly lady's leg and scared them half to death (she already thinks they have a weak heart...). Apparently the woman owner did not run to get the dog but just called him. The baby was scared too. I'm going to go home and try to take a picture of the bite. What's the next step? Police? Animal control? Even if just talking to them, I need to know my options. [more inside]
posted by friendofstone on Oct 18, 2013 - 22 answers

What kind of spider is this?

This spider bit my son this morning, and while he seems okay, it really would be nice to know....
posted by daisystomper on Aug 31, 2013 - 18 answers

Can I put something bad-tasting on my hands to discourage bitey cat?

I have an adult (5ish years old) foster cat who is very friendly and mostly trusts us (we've had her for over 2 years now). She's very loving but is very much her own cat, and would prefer her space be respected at times. I'd like for her to express her moods in non-biting ways. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jun 28, 2013 - 23 answers

Cat bit the neighbor (most recently)

Shmitty is a 4 year old, male, Siamese (mix?). He was adopted at age 1 by our family 3 years ago from a family who was going to get rid of him because he had bitten their small children. At his former residence he was indoor only, with us he is indoor/outdoor. We love Shmitty. He is a beautiful, friendly cat....most of the time. The problem is that Shmitty has continued to bite on occasion. [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me on Jun 16, 2013 - 47 answers

What is biting me?

Can you guess what's biting me? I've been getting a few extremely itchy red bumps, very much like mosquito bites, but they are not mosquito bites because they follow the pattern that chigger bites do: they're not on exposed parts of my skin, but instead under my clothing. It seems that something small is leaping onto me and then crawling until it finds itself confined by clothing, then settling down to bite. The bites aren't like chigger bites, though. [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude on Mar 20, 2013 - 18 answers

Bite of an Alien Space Spider?

My dad tells this story about a very, very weird "spider bite" he got as a kid, but it doesn't sound like any spider bite -- ever. What could this have been? Alien implant? Ringworm? Disgusting details inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Nov 24, 2012 - 11 answers

One does not simply walk into that yard.... it is Folly.

My dog will nip at strange people if they come to the house and come towards me. How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jul 30, 2012 - 20 answers

Geez, dog, learn to take a hint

My puppy has taken to playing by biting other dogs' (and cats') ears. Do I need to get him to stop? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by dithmer on Jul 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Am I going to be able to climb walls?

I've had two weird similar incidents that appear to be bug bites/stings. I have lived in Minnesota all my life, including in the far northern rural area, and never had anything like these. You are not my doctor, but maybe you've had similar issues and have an idea of what is biting/stinging me? [more inside]
posted by superna on Jul 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Rabid worrying?

Dog bite. Am I in danger? [more inside]
posted by melangell on Jul 18, 2012 - 24 answers

Dog bit my wife - what now?

We have a dog with aggression issues who has now bitten my wife. Other than putting him down, we don't know what to do with him. I need some clearer insight than my emotionally clouded mind can give. [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Jun 6, 2012 - 27 answers

Dental problem

I'm guessing this one is unusual, and maybe only answered by an advanced dental pro, but here goes: I have an under-bite, in that my front-most lower teeth actually make contact with the roof of my mouth. I tend to grind my teeth at night and so end up with a sore spot just behind my front upper teeth. I've gone to a orthodontist/dentist and he created a bite plate for me but I hate to use it. It tastes like plastic and feels bulky and uncomfortable in my mouth. Is there another way to fix this problem? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Spiders all up on my face

How big a deal is this numbness following a (presumed) spider bite? [more inside]
posted by Nomiconic on May 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Cat bites & pus

Decrease in pus production in an infected bite: always a good thing, or could it mean something bad? [more inside]
posted by acidic on May 4, 2012 - 7 answers

how to punish a cat

Cat bit the crap out of wife. Is locking in garage for punishment productive? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark on Apr 21, 2012 - 26 answers

I LOVE YOU LET ME TASTE YOU

I love my new kitty, Agent Cooper, beyond all reason. He's 1 year old and was a stray, and he's been living with me for a month now. The problem is, he's a biter. I'm pretty sure it's an OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH, CHOMP! kind of bite, but I want to be sure I am reading, and handling, his behavior correctly. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek on Feb 20, 2012 - 27 answers

Dentist filter: dull ache when biting on one tooth!

dentist filter: I have a tooth (upper right molar, second to the last one) that occasionally have a dull pain when I bite on it. It usually happens when I am tired, i.e. when I am sleep deprived. I had a dental cleaning/checkup on Jan. 13, and the dentist didn't say anything. I am out of the country now and have no access to any dentist, and I am really worried. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree on Feb 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Should I get occlusal equalibrium treatment?

Dentistry question: I am a savage night-grinder. Should I have my bite reshaped to help with my bruxism? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Feb 4, 2012 - 12 answers

My dog just bit my mom :(

My dog has now bit my mom and my grandfather. I'm overwhelmed and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Jan 18, 2012 - 133 answers

Maybe a radioactive spider?

Mystery bug bite filter: woke up with a bite on the back of my right knee two days ago. Can you help me ID it? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Nov 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Get me some ointment, I need an appointment: I got a rash

What is this weird rash on my leg? Pics here [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Nov 1, 2011 - 51 answers

Is this bite something to be concerned about?

What is this on my baby's face? A bug bite? Something to worry about? [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Oct 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Sunday surprise

I think my cat was bitten by a raccoon. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by melangell on Oct 9, 2011 - 17 answers

Do I have a potential problem with aggressive behavior?

My adult female Rottweiler exhibited resource guarding aggression for the first time today. I am inclined to simply not give her the treat that made her growl ever again, but what else should I be doing to insure we don't have a problem? [more inside]
posted by msali on Aug 17, 2011 - 11 answers

dog bites dog

Puppy crisis... our dog just got bitten on the nose by another dog, do we need to take her to the emergency clinic tonight? [more inside]
posted by jschu on Aug 12, 2011 - 15 answers

I died of cuteness

Rabiesfilter: a cute puppy mouthed me and broke the skin. Do I need to get any shots? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Aug 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Please ID these nasty bug bites!

I have a bug-bite ID question for my sister's dog. Red, flat bites from what may have been a small winged ant or fly, in the British Columbia coastal area (Birkenhead, north of Pemberton). Pics inside... [more inside]
posted by Pomo on Jul 31, 2011 - 1 answer

Are bedbugs disease vectors?

Bitten by bedbugs at a hostel, worried about disease. Most answers here say that they're not vectors. How come they're not, what's the mechanism? How can I ease my mind?
posted by Tom-B on May 4, 2011 - 8 answers

What was that for you psycho!?

Ow! I got bit by a cat. Really hard! Fang hole puncture wounds with blood! Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on Apr 10, 2011 - 42 answers

How to treat a (suspected) spider bite?

So I think I got bitten by a spider two nights ago on my shin. What should I do about it, if anything? [more inside]
posted by cerebus19 on Aug 21, 2010 - 14 answers

A Bug's Life

Bug Identification Filter: Can anyone tell me what the following bug is? It has a read carapace and has hairy legs and segmented antennae. [picture inside] [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Jun 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Dog bite compensation

Our dog just bit his groomer. [more inside]
posted by davcoo on May 20, 2010 - 51 answers

TMI on TMJ

How do I change sleeping behaviors that seem to be causing TMJ? What kinds of treatment are effective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Bug Bite ID

Bug bite identification: is it dangerous? (more/photo inside) [more inside]
posted by hgcrpd on Jan 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Oral surgeon in NYC area

Can you recommend a good Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon/specialist in the greater NYC area? This is for jaw discomfort and a really screwed up bite. [more inside]
posted by KHinds10 on Nov 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Badass small dog meets one bigger and badder

Our dog got in a fight and was bitten. It's just a flesh wound, but how should we care for it? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Oct 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Are spiders crawling on my sleeping face?

Periodically (maybe a couple or few times a year), I wake up with something on my face that seems like a bug bite. Nothing dramatic; it itches a bit, raises a small welt and then heals. [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Oct 13, 2009 - 11 answers

My dog just attacked a large rodent-like creature, should I be worried?

My dog just attacked a large rodent-like creature, should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Oct 9, 2009 - 17 answers

What is causing this and how do we stop it? (kill it. kill it with fire?)

Help identify possible source or cause of these bites! [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Aug 18, 2009 - 11 answers

concerned about dangerous dog charge

Help. Our dog bit another dog and is now a 'dangerous dog.' Now what? [more inside]
posted by TheAfterlgow on Jul 29, 2009 - 42 answers

What kind of insect stung me?

InsectBiteFilter. Help! Last Sunday in Phoenix, Arizona I was chilling outside and then some insect stung/bit/injected my neck. It was not a bee/wasp/spider/ant. It was a tannish brown color and I think it had transparent green wings but I can't recall for sure. It was about half an inch long. I tried to just forget about it but each day the sting gets more painful. I just hope there's no brood in my neck. Anyone know what kind of critter this could be? And, yes, I know I should go to the doctor but I wanted some hive-mind reassurance that I'll be fine. Thank you so much! Dang bugs.
posted by m_lazarus on Jul 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Seeking medical attention for a human bite.

I was bitten by a person. It broke the skin. What sort of medical attention (if any) should I seek? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2009 - 14 answers

zit or is it?

I'm getting a strange new kind of zit (or is it?) [more inside]
posted by Wroksie on May 31, 2009 - 18 answers

What should I do about someone else's badly behaved dog?

My friend's dog keeps biting me and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by uri on May 31, 2009 - 47 answers

Should I worry about this bite?

Cat bite that broke the skin: Should I worry yet? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Apr 6, 2009 - 19 answers

What happens after you go to the ER with a dog bite?

What happens after you go to the emergency room with a dog bite and what are we doing wrong that this could happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2009 - 21 answers

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