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    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

    • Ice the area.
    • 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.
    • Occasionally, surgery or hospitalization is necessary.
    • It may take 6 to 8 weeks for the bite to heal.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 18, 2015

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