Recognizing & treating a brown recluse spider bite

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A brown recluse spider bite is nothing to fool around with

A brown recluse spider bite is serious business. Deaths have been reported. Oddly, if you are bitten by a brown recluse, you may not even notice it, or you may feel a slight sting but nothing more. However, four-to eight hours later, the stinging will get worse and a blister or bruise may form in the area that was bitten. This area will turn brown or black and become crusty after a couple of days.

Sometime after you are bitten, you may experience itching and some pain. The wound from a brown recluse spider bite will look like a bulls eye, with a blister in the center, surrounded by a red ring and a white (blanched) ring. When the blister breaks open, this leaves an ulcer, and it will scab over.

The ulcer can get bigger and involve underlying muscle tissue and skin, which causes severe pain.

Usually an itch and red rash develops within a day or two of being bitten. You may experience vomiting, nausea, chills, never, muscle aches and hemolytic anemia, which is the result of red blood cells being destroyed.

If you suspect that you have been bitten by a brown recluse spider you need medical attention. Death from this kind of spider bite is rare but can happen.

However, the bite can make you sick.  

Wash the area that was bitten with soap and water, apply ice, elevate the area and then seek medical treatment.

If possible, catch the spider and take it with you. You can kill the spider before hauling it to the doctors but try not to squash it so that its identity is still obvious. This might be difficult because as their name implies these spiders are reclusive and are not easy to catch.


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