Spider Bites (Black Widow and Brown Recluse) (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
In this Article
- Are spider bites dangerous?
- What are the symptoms of spider bites?
- Black widow spider bite symptoms (picture of black widow)
- Brown recluse spider bite symptoms (picture of brown recluse spider)
- What should you do if you are bitten by a spider?
- What should you do if you are bitten by a black widow or brown recluse spider?
- Spider Bites At A Glance
- Black Widow vs. Brown Recluse Slideshow Pictures
- Bad Bugs and Their Bites Slideshow Pictures
- Adult Skin Problems Slideshow Pictures
- Find a local Doctor in your town
Spider Bites At A Glance
- Most spiders are harmless; the two exceptions in the U.S. are the black widow and brown recluse spiders.
- Spider bites are actually rare occurrences, and most presumed cases of spider bites are likely due to another condition that mimics the symptoms of a spider bite.
- Bites from most (non-poisonous) spiders cause local redness, irritation, and pain that usually can be treated at home.
- Always seek emergency medical care for a presumed black widow or brown recluse spider bite.
Last Editorial Review: 6/24/2009
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