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Wilderness: Black Widow and Recluse Spider Bite (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

  • Seek immediate medical care.

  • Antivenom therapy is available for black widow bites. Medications, if started early, are available to treat brown recluse bites. However, the efficacy of the medications for the treatment of brown recluse spider bites is controversial.

  • Consult a doctor about treatment with available medications.

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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.

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