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Brown recluse spider bite. How can you tell you have one?

Brown recluse spider bite.  How can you tell you have one?

Brown recluse bite: Severe symptoms include blistering (common), necrosis (death) of skin and subcutaneous fat (less common), and severe destructive necrotic lesions with deep wide borders (rare). Minor symptoms include severe pain of bite site after 4 hours, severe itching, nausea, vomiting, fever, and myalgias (muscle pain). ...Read more

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Brown Recluse Spider (Definition)

Three pairs of eyes instead of the usual four makes the identification of the spider, the eyes making the face look like a human skull.Treatment includes dapsone. Bites often get misdiagnosed, and are frequently bacterial infections like mrsa. Brown recluse venom is a vasoconstrictor, and Nitroglycerin causes vasodilation and theoretically can prevent necrosis. Treat ...Read more


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Brown recluse spider bite--what can be done for one?

Brown recluse spider bite--what can be done for one?

See below : Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the bite may only require local wound care done at home up to the worst situation - requiring admission to a hospital. If the bite becomes red, swollen, warm and painful with possible black central area tissue destruction (necrosis), it may require medical care for secondary infection or debridement of dead tissue. ...Read more

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Pictures of brown recluse spider bite suggest I have one. What do I do?

Pictures of brown recluse spider bite suggest I have one. What do I do?

See doc: The brown recluse (loxoceles reclusa) can cause a variety of symptoms after a bite, however, a lot of the time, the bite is minor. If the area is becoming painful, oozing, blistering, or necrotic (black dead tissue), or if you have any systemic signs like nausea, vomiting, fevers, muscle pain or other problems, then you should see a physician asap. ...Read more

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Pictures of brown recluse spider bites make me think i had one. Can i test for it?

Pictures of brown recluse spider bites make me think i had one. Can i test for it?

See below: See www.Emedicinehealth.Com/spider_bite_brown_recluse_spider_bite/article_em.Htm for a great article about this. ...Read more

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What do brown recluse bites look like in first day or 2 on a small child?

What do brown recluse bites look like in first day or 2 on a small child?

Severe: These spiders inject a substance that dissolves tissue and quickly leads to infection and abscess formation. It may have systemic effects making the victim feel faint or groggy. It is a very severe effect and if you have been bitten, get medical advice. ...Read more

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Bit by Brown recluse a week ago &prescribed Keflex 2000 mg/day should i get second opinion? Why is the area now warm With Yellowish gray in the middle

Bit by Brown recluse a week ago &prescribed Keflex 2000 mg/day should i get second opinion? Why is the area now warm With Yellowish gray in the middle

Loxosceles reclusa: The bite forms a necrotizing ulcer that destroys soft tissue and may take months to heal, leaving deep scars. These may become painful and itchy within 2 to 8 hours. Pain and other things worsen 12 to 36 hours after the bite, and the necrosis develops over the next few days. This often requires surgery to debride the area, not antibiotics unless there is secondary infection. ...Read more

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After 1.5 years, my husband still has residual health problems from a brown recluse spider bite.Can you give us info on this?

After 1.5 years, my husband still has residual health problems from a brown recluse spider bite.Can you give us info on this?

Are you sure: Are you sure this was spider bite? This sounds like symptoms of tick bite. See physician to make sure there is no other cause. ...Read more

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Can brown recluse spider venom cause avascular necrosis of the hip the bite was 5 inches above the knee the hip pain began 1 month after spider bite ?

Can brown recluse spider venom cause avascular necrosis of the hip the bite was 5 inches above the knee the hip pain began 1 month after spider bite ?

Not likely!: There are no associated reports of this linkage. Both are not uncommon and coincidently may occur together. Avascular necrosis is a severe form of arthritis of the hip caused by disruption of the blood supply to the cartilage on top of the hip. Ultimately leading to hip replacement. Stop gap procedures are in my opinion, ineffectual. ...Read more

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What should you do if a brown recluse bites you?

What should you do if a brown recluse bites you?

Brown recluse: First you should take the spider of course if it is possible to be identified. About half the time the bite doesn't cause any issues. The ready cause some potentially skin and soft tissue necrosis. Head to an emergency room if you have this or other symptoms such as fevers, nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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Can you feel a brown recluse bite?

Can you feel a brown recluse bite?

RecluseSpider bite: Often bite is painless or little pain like a mosquito bite. Pain can develop two or more hours after a bite and can be severe by four hours after a bite. If you believe you have had a recluse spider bite, you should contact your doctor to report this and get advice on treating any symptoms. ...Read more

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