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How common are spider bites and how serious are they?

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Unless you see a spider bite you, don’t assume that mysterious bump on your skin came from an eight-legged creature. Spider bites are fairly rare.

Most of the time these bites don’t cause a problem. That’s because most of the spiders in the U.S. have fangs that are too short to break your skin, and their venom isn’t strong enough to endanger a creature as large as a human.

From: Spider Bites: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Spider bites -- Overview,” Spider bites -- Symptoms and Causes,” “Spider bites -- Treatment,” “Spider bites -- Diagnosis,” “Spider bites -- Prevention.”

CDC: “Types of Venomous Spiders,” “Venomous Spider Recommendations.”

Nemours Foundation: “Bug Bites and Stings.”

U.S. Department of Labor: “Brown Recluse Spider.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 16, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Spider bites -- Overview,” Spider bites -- Symptoms and Causes,” “Spider bites -- Treatment,” “Spider bites -- Diagnosis,” “Spider bites -- Prevention.”

CDC: “Types of Venomous Spiders,” “Venomous Spider Recommendations.”

Nemours Foundation: “Bug Bites and Stings.”

U.S. Department of Labor: “Brown Recluse Spider.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on December 16, 2018

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