Font Size
A
A
A

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 see your doctor or 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.

Must Read Articles Related to Wilderness: Black Widow and Recluse Spider Bite

Black Widow Spider Bite
Black Widow Spider Bite Most people avoid spiders. Many fear them. Scary movies use spiders to create creepy, crawly suspense. The bite of a black widow spider sounds serious-and it ca...learn more >>
Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Spider Bite: Brown Recluse Spider Bite The brown recluse spider is notable for it's characteristic violin pattern on the back of the body part to which the legs attach. Symptoms of a brown recluse sp...learn more >>




Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Spider Envenomations, Brown Recluse »

In the United States, reports of severe envenomations by brown spiders began to appear in the late 1800s, and today, in endemic areas, brown spiders continue to be of significant clinical concern.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary