Wilderness: Black Widow and Recluse Spider Bite Topic Guide
Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider Bite: Black widow spider and brown recluse spider bites in the wilderness present a medical emergency. If bitten by either of these spiders, seek medical attention immediately. Anti-venom is one treatment for a black widow spider bite. There is no anti-venom for a brown recluse spider bite.
Black Widow Spider Bite The bite of a black widow spider can be serious, but it's rarely fatal. Symptoms include pain, muscle pain in large muscle groups, nausea, and sometimes vomiting and fainting. Go to the emergency department if the pain is more than minor, and call paramedics if symptoms are severe. Adults with black widow bites seldom have complications, however.