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Brown recluse spider
DefinitionThe bite from a brown recluse spider is poisonous.
Brown recluse spider venom
In rare cases:
Apply a cold pack, then seek immediate medical attention.
Before Calling Emergency
Before calling emergency, determine the following:
The patient should be taken to the emergency room for treatment. The bite may not appear to be very severe and may take some time to progress to a more severe state. However, treatment is important to minimize complications. If possible, bring the spider to the emergency room for identification.
Poison Control, or a local emergency numberYou will be instructed on what to do immediately following the bite. The patient should be taken to the emergency room. See poison control centers for the national telephone number.
Expectations (prognosis)Fatalities from brown recluse spider bites are more common in children. With proper medical attention, survival past 48 hours usually indicates that recovery will follow. The ulceration may take up to six weeks to heal, with proper care.
Update Date: 7/24/2003Ari Schwell, M.D., Director, Emergency Department of the Episcopal Campus of Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT