Brown Recluse Spider bites

Seeking Emergency Care

Any kind of systemic (body-wide) symptoms following a brown recluse bite should be treated as a medical emergency. This may indicate a progressing infection or loxoscelism.

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you develop any of the following:

  • Fever or chills
  • Widespread skin rash with many tiny, flat purple and red spots
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Any other worrisome symptoms

In some cases, what a person thinks is a spider bite is actually another type of necrotic skin infection, such as necrotizing fasciitis. Skin infections like this can be much more dangerous than a spider bite.

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