Brown Recluse Spider Bite Symptoms

Not everyone bitten by a brown recluse spider will exhibit the same symptoms. The degree of severity depends on the quantity of venom injected by the spider and the location of the bite.

Bites usually go unnoticed for a number of hours. After reddening and swelling, a blister may appear at the bite site. Victims of brown recluse spider bites can experience fever, convulsions, itching, nausea and muscle pain.

In extreme cases, brown recluse spider bites may result in necrosis, or the death of living cells. In this case, painful open wounds appear and do not heal quickly. Wounds will appear purple and black at this time. If left untreated, necrotic and ulcerous wounds can expand to affect both superficial and deep tissues. Deep scarring can occur in the wake of such brown recluse spider bite symptoms, and skin grafting is sometimes utilized to cosmetically treat scarring.

If a brown recluse bite is suspected, a medical professional should be consulted. Many cases of suspected recluse bite turn out to be a number of other medical conditions which cause similar side effects, including skin lesions. They are often misdiagnosed, even by medical professionals, as brown recluse spider bites. Possible other causes of skin lesions include bacterial infections, chemical burns or allergic reactions to medications.