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Spider Bites
 
 
 


 

Signs and Symptoms of Brown Recluse or Black Widow Spider Bites:

  • Deep purple or blue area around the bite, surrounded by a whitish ring and a larger outer red ring
  • Swelling or redness around the bite
  • Joint stiffness or pain
  • Muscle spasms, tightness, and stiffness
  • Body rash
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pink or reddish urine
  • General feeling of sickness
  • Lack of appetite

If bitten by a spider (other than a brown recluse or black widow) and don't seem to be having an allergic reaction:

  1. Wash the bitten area with soap and water.
  2. Apply an ice pack or a cool wet cloth to the bite to relieve pain and swelling.
  3. Elevate the area to slow the spread of venom.

Seek emergency medical care if:

  • There are any signs of an allergic reaction
  • Any kind of rash after a bite develops
  • The area begins to look infected (increasing redness, pain, swelling, warmth, or pus)
  • You think you were bitten by a brown recluse or black widow spider

 

Think Prevention!

  • Insect repellents are useful, but use one containing 10% to 30% DEET.  Make sure that garages, attics, and woodpiles are free of spider webs, and that you wear long sleeves and pants while in the areas.

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