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Spider Bites

Spider bites may look just like other bug bites. However, sometimes they may be more severe and result in skin breakdown (necrosis). If this happens, you should consult us.

Do not delay seeking help. The accompanying illustrations show the severity of tissue breakdown that may occur. The illustrations are extremely graphic , so use your judgment in deciding whether to view them. Early intervention may help prevent this awful situation.

There are two types of venomous spider in New England – the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. For safety, you should know what these look like. You can find pictures of these spiders easily online. The black widow spider is jet black with a red "hourglass" shape on its abdomen. The brown recluse spider is smaller and brown with a light brown violin-shaped form on it. To avoid inadvertent contact with the brown recluse spider in areas of known infestation, be sure to look in gloves, boots, and hats before putting them on. Brown recluse spiders prefer anywhere that it's dark.

If a black widow or a brown recluse spider bites you, if you are unsure what type of spider has inflicted the bite, or if you have a severe bite reaction, consult us immediately. Capturing the spider for positive identification might be helpful.

For extremely severe reactions, trouble breathing, or massive swelling, go at once to an emergency room.
Anti-venom is available for a black widow bite.

Reaction to a brown recluse bite may be extremely debilitating and cause massive tissue breakdown (necrosis), sometimes several days after the bite and requiring hospital admission.