Brown Recluse Spider Bite Treatment
1. Clean and Protect
- Clean area with gentle soap and water.
- Apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
2. Control Swelling
- Elevate area if it is on an arm or leg.
3. Save the Spider, if Possible
- Kill and save the spider for identification purposes.
4. Call a Health Care Provider
- Prompt treatment is important, especially for children. Venom from a brown recluse spider bite can cause tissue damage that can lead to scarring, as well as more serious complications.
- Bring the spider to the health care provider's office if you can.
- Calling Poison Control (800-222-1222) also can be helpful.
5. Follow Up
- The health care provider will treat the wound area and may prescribe an antibiotic to prevent infection.
- The health care provider may recommend ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) for pain. Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 18.
- Occasionally, surgery or hospitalization is necessary.
- It may take 6 to 8 weeks for the bite to heal.
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