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Spider Bites by Charles A. Welborn, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP Medical Director, After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care
Back to school also means back to the playground – and the dirty fingernails and insect bites that come with it. If your child comes home with what appears to be a spider bite, how can you tell if the bite was a poisonous one? All spiders have some type of venom they use to kill their prey; however, if humans are bitten, it only causes local irritation, itching and pain. Occasionally a spider bite can cause some blistering and breakdown of the skin. Two types of spiders are considered poisonous because their bites do sometimes cause more severe reactions: the brown recluse and the black widow families of spiders. Though there have been no verified deaths in the U.S. due to brown recluse and none in more than
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Unless you actually see your child bitten by a spider, most likely the bite is from an insect. If you do see a spider and you think it may be a black widow or brown recluse type spider, it is extremely important to capture the actual spider (if at all possible) for correct identification – even if you step on it! Many bites are incorrectly attributed to these spiders.
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