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Coping With Bug Bites

Bug bites may seem like a rite of passage for enjoying the outdoors, but WebMD tells you how to protect yourself and when to take emergency action.

Spiders and the Itsy Bitsy Bite continued...

"Usually, when we see people who think they have a spider bite, it's an unrelated skin infection," adds Rick Spurlock, an emergency room physician at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

For a spider bite - other than one by a black widow, common sense measures are appropriate.

  • Wash the area with antiseptic soap and water, and keep it clean.
  • If the wound gets worse, or if you develop severe symptoms, see a doctor.
  • Use ice packs, over-the-counter pain relievers and antihistamines for moderate symptoms.

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