Spider Bites - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of spider bites?

Bites from most (non-poisonous) spiders cause local redness, irritation, and pain that usually can be treated at home using an over-the-counter pain reliever along with application of cooling packs or a wet cloth to relieve swelling. These local reactions usually resolve without treatment over a period of 7-10 days. Rarely, an individual can have an allergic reaction to a spider bite, even to a bite from a non-poisonous spider, but allergic reactions are more likely to be due to contact with a spider than from a spider bite.

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Comment from: Eric, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 08

Yesterday my husband was bitten by a spider, not sure what type, but he was in the woods repairing the roof of the shed. He moved some wood stuff out of the way on the ground, and all of a sudden he said it hurt terribly. I heard him hobbling in from outside yelping from pain. He saw a spider but not sure of color due to knocking it off so fast. He was in so much pain. The pain was intense, burning and stinging and lasted many hours. He went to the hospital and they gave him pain medications, but the stinging continued. He is better today, but there are 2 marks where fangs went in, large ones. He said the spider was small like about dime size, no red area today. The big thing with this type spider was the pain and stinging sensation for many hours. I hear the hobo spider is about the same as brown recluse, so watch out for that one too.

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Comment from: Don, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I had swelling, cold, chills, pain from wrist to elbow and stiffness in joints. I did not see the spider.

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