Wilderness: Black Widow and Recluse Spider Bite (cont.)
Spider Bite Treatment
If a black widow spider bite, or brown recluse spider bite is suspected, you
should go to an emergency department immediately.
- Wash the bite with soap and water and remove all jewelry. Swelling can occur and will make it difficult to remove some jewelry.
- Apply cool compresses.
- Take diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 25- to 50-mg tablets every six hours for the itch.
- Take acetaminophen (Tylenol), one to two tablets every four hours, for pain. Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and naproxen (Aleve). The pain resulting from a black widow spider bite is usually so severe that it will require strong pain medications such as opioids.
- Antibiotics are not helpful unless secondary infection develops.
- Do not cut into the wound or apply suction.
- See a doctor as soon as possible.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/18/2014
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