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Can you die from spider bites?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Not usually - but
possible if allergic.
A black widow bite can cause pain that spreads to chest, abdomen or back which may be associated with abdominal cramping. There may be intense sweating near the wound or involving an effected extremity. Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, a mild reaction, an immediate or a delayed reaction. With a significant reaction a which blister appears after bit. The >

In brief: Not usually - but
possible if allergic.
A black widow bite can cause pain that spreads to chest, abdomen or back which may be associated with abdominal cramping. There may be intense sweating near the wound or involving an effected extremity. Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, a mild reaction, an immediate or a delayed reaction. With a significant reaction a which blister appears after bit. The >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
The surrounding skin becomes hard, swollen & can be red, white & blue. A deep lesion can develop which can eat through fat and muscle. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, generalized muscle and joint pains, restlessness & shock.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.
Most bites cause local pain and irritation and the brown recluse can cause a serious necrosis but death is rare from any of these.

In brief: 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.
Most bites cause local pain and irritation and the brown recluse can cause a serious necrosis but death is rare from any of these.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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