Spider Bites Directory
Spider bites are common, and most are not very dangerous. However, some spiders, such as the black widow and brown recluse, are very poisonous. These bites can cause fever, chills, joint pain, stiffness, muscle spasms, and more. Death is rare but possible. If you are bitten by a spider and experience any unusual symptoms, seek medical attention. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about spider bites, what they look like, how to treat them, and much more.
Prevent Insect and Spider Bites
Learn more from WebMD about preventing insect and spider bites.
Treatment for a Brown Recluse Spider Bite
Brown recluse spiders are one of two harmful spiders that live in the U.S. Find out what might happen if you’re bitten and how to treat the wound.
Black Widow Spider Bite
Black widow spiders are among the most feared spiders -- and with good reason. Learn how to spot them, what their bites feel and look like, and how they’re treated.
Insect and Spider Bite Treatment
They itch, they burn, they tingle -- but bug bites and stings aren’t serious most of the time. Try these easy home remedies to ease pain or discomfort caused by little critters.
Slideshows & Images
Picture of Brown Recluse Spider Bites
Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee is noticed at the time of the bite.
Picture of Black Widow Spider Bite
The black widow spider produces a protein venom that affects the victim's nervous system. Some people are slightly affected by the venom, but others may have a severe response.
Black Widow Spider
Source: U.S. National Park Service. Available online: http://www.nps.gov/Black widow spiders (Latrodectus mactans mactans) are found throughout the United States. Only the female black widow is poisonous. Female black widows are long - legged, shiny, coal - black spiders with an orange, red, or yellow hourglass shape on their underside. Female black widows are usually about across but may be small
Slideshow: Identify Bugs and Bug Bites with Pictures
Learn to identify ticks, poisonous spiders, fleas, chiggers, and other bugs. See what their bites and stings look like -- and how to find relief.