Let's Talk Spider Bites

By: America's ER Medical Center | Published 06/15/2020



Let's Talk Spider Bites

Most of us are not fans of spiders. The good news is there are only two spiders in the USA that are harmful to humans when bit, the Black Widow and Brown Recluse. All other spiders usually produce no symptoms and don't even have fangs long enough to penetrate human skin.

Black Widow Bite Symptoms

  • Pain and swelling around the bite, which can spread into the belly, back or chest
  • Severe stomach cramps, which are sometimes mistaken for appendicitis or a ruptured appendix
  • Chills, nausea or sweating

Brown Recluse Bite Symptoms

  • The pain that comes with a brown recluse spider bite usually increases during the first eight hours after the bite
  • Fever, chills and body aches
  • The bite usually heals on its own in about a week. Sometimes the skin at the center of the bite turns dark blue or purple, and then forms an open sore (ulcer) that gets bigger as the skin around it dies. The ulcer usually stops growing within 10 days after the bite, but full healing can take months.

Seek prompt medical care in the following situations:

  • If unsure whether the bite was from a poisonous spider or not
  • Severe pain, abdominal cramping or a growing ulcer at the bite site
  • Problems breathing

If you are concerned about a spider bite, we are open 24/7 with no wait and no appointment necessary for both emergency and urgent care. www.americaser.com

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