Spiders Slideshow: Black Widow vs Brown Recluse
Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD on Friday, July 29, 2011
The black widow name is derived from the mistaken belief that the female invariably kills the male after mating.
The northern black widow spider is recognized by its row of red spots (upper surface) and two crosswise bars (undersurface).
Progression of a back widow spider bite several hours after (left) to several days after (right) the initial bite.
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Home treatment for minor pain includes hot baths, which can help after a black widow bite because the pain is due primarily to muscle spasm.
Home first aid care is simple for a brown recluse bite but should not replace a visit to a doctor or emergency department.
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