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    Black Widow Spider Bite Treatment

    Call 911 if the person: 

    • Has trouble breathing
    • Shows signs of shock

    1. Get Help Immediately

    • Call your health care provider or go to a hospital emergency room.
    • If possible, kill the spider and take it to the doctor with you.

    2. Treat Symptoms

    • Apply ice on the way to the health care provider's office or emergency room to relieve pain and swelling.

    3. Follow Up

    • The health care provider will examine and clean the wound.
    • The person may require a tetanus shot or booster, depending on the date of the last injection.
    • A person with severe symptoms -- such as intense pain and cramping or high blood pressure -- may be admitted to the hospital. Antivenin may be needed.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on January 11, 2016

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