Brown Recluse Spiders
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The Brown Recluse spider is one of the few dangerous spiders in the United States. It is also called the fiddleback spider or violin spider because of the violin shape mark on it. It's native to south central United States but can be commonly found in the central mid western states.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites and Symptoms

The initial bite from a Brown Recluse spider is usually painless and the victim can be unaware for 3 to 8 hours later. Then the site of the bite might turn red and swollen. The bite can take a long time to heal. It is extremely rare for a fatality to occur from a brown recluse spider bite but they still must be treated as a dangers spider.


The Brown Recluse spider is native to the United States but can be commonly found in the central mid western states to the Gulf of Mexico.

First Aid for a brown recluse Spider bites

  1. Calm the patient and reassured them.
  2. Wash the area well and apply an ice pack or wet washcloth to the site to reduce the swelling.
  3. To protect against infection, particularly in children, apply an antibiotic lotion or cream.
  4. Give acetaminophen for pain relief.
  5. If bitten on an arm or leg, elevate the site to help prevent swelling.
  6. Seek immediate emergency care for further treatment. Hospitalisation may be needed. Call the ambulances rather than transport the victim.

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