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can you die from a spider bite

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Most spiders are : Harmless. Although deaths are not frequent w most venomous spider bites in the us- the most common reason would be an allergic reaction.

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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Rarely: There are a few spiders with venom lethal enough to cause death but even the most famous, the black widow, usually will make you sick but not kill you ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience Dermatology
Rarely: The black widow is the most venomous spider in the U.S. People rarely die from a black widow spider bite, since the amount of venom injected is so sm ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
It sounds like you: Don't know what type of spider bit you. Both the brown recluse spider and the black widow spider can potentially cause significant medical problems wi ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
No: Flea bites do not cause deaths in and of themselves.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Anaphylaxis: Anaphylaxis is a very severe, often fatal allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can occur to virtually any allergen, but hypersensitivity to nuts and hymeno ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sarah Kohl
34 years experience Travel Medicine
No: The bite of a tick is not fatal. Ticks can transmit diseases which can be serous or fatal but the bite itself is not fatal.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Most are boils: Taking a wild guess, i'd say that more than 99% of what people call 'spider bites' are actually boils.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Sinha
52 years experience Allergy and Immunology
O ya: Spider is a bug too.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Duration: Likely the only way to tell will be that most mosquito bites are over/done/gone in 2-5 days. Spider bites, if from "concerning" species, will get slow ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
You can't: You can't remove the venom from the bite -- it's distributed very quickly. Even pump extractor kits don't work well, and cutting into the bite or try ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Zeidman
32 years experience Neurosurgery
Rarely: Some of the more unusual encephalitides can be transmitted by means of a mosquito.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Of course.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
28 years experience Vascular Surgery
Maybe: If the dog scratch causes a severe soft tissue infection of the arm there may be lymphatic insufficiency after the infection has been treated. If trea ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: It you are highly allergic ; have an anaphylactic reaction. F you have a known allergy to hornet (wasp) stings – it would be optimum for you to carry ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Dog saliva: Contains bacteria, although less than human saliva. If your bite is on the face, it is important to prevent infection. Go see a doctor and get prope ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Absolutely: Reptiples and amphibians commonly harbor salmonella. One type classically linked to snakes is called salmonella arizonae.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Location: Depending on where one is, mosquitoes can be a link to diseases such as dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever, west nile viruses & encephalitis.
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nelson Nicolasora
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably not: If you are healthy and not immunocompromised things will be fine. The fact that you said the are is uninfected likely suggests that the area was clean ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Marlin
48 years experience Neurosurgery
No: The venom has a neurotoxin but the effects are usually local unless you're allergic to it.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Can be helpful.
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