Brown Recluse Spider bites

For Loxoscelism

Treatment for local loxoscelism symptoms involves wound care and pain management. The healthcare provider will clean the wound and recommend that you use the RICE technique.

For pain relief, you may be given a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Very severe pain may be treated with an opioid, such as morphine.

You will be admitted to the hospital if you have signs of systemic loxoscelism. You will likely be given antibiotics and pain relievers.

You will then be given supportive care, which focuses on reducing your symptoms. For example, if your breathing is affected, you will be given oxygen therapy. If you develop hemolytic anemia, you may be given a blood transfusion.

If you happen to know what bit you, let your healthcare provider know. There are no specific antidotes for brown recluse spider venom. But informing your provider will keep them more alert for specific loxoscelism symptoms, and help them to prepare treatment options in case symptoms develop.

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