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    Nonpoisonous Spider Bites - Topic Overview

    Symptoms of a nonpoisonous spider bite may last from a few hours to a few days and are usually mild. Symptoms usually occur at the site of the bite and may include:

    • Swelling.
    • Redness.
    • Pain.
    • Itching.

    Home treatment is often all that is needed to prevent infection and relieve symptoms of a bite from a nonpoisonous spider.

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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