Though bites from a brown recluse are rare, they can be dangerous. These spiders are not aggressive. However, they may bite if you accidentally roll over on one or if it’s hiding in a piece of clothing.
Furthermore, a bite can be mistaken for something minor, like a red bump or a small wound. There is nothing that clearly identifies the bite of a brown recluse. There’s no blood test or culture that can detect brown recluse venom in a suspected spider bite.
The venom of the brown recluse can cause a mild reaction or a severe one. Severe reactions are more common in people with compromised immune systems, the elderly, and children.
If you think you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse, apply ice to the affected area, elevate it, and seek medical attention immediately.