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Brown Recluse Bite: Stages and Symptoms

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Is there anyone who wants to get stung by a brown recluse spider? While no one wants to be bitten by brown recluse spiders creating a fearsome sight inside the citizens of the USA. The bite of these spider species contains a rare toxin called sphingomyelinase D, which destroys skin tissues.

If we compare the brown recluse and rattlesnakes, the bite of a brown recluse is more potent than a rattlesnake.

Let’s read more about its symptoms and bite stages:

Stages of a brown recluse spider bite:

The brown recluse poison destroys skin tissues causing a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the tissue. As a result, the tissue dies:

Initial bite:

Brown recluse bites are painless. However, they have small fangs. You may notice an inflamed area after about three to eight hours of a spider bite. The irritation can cause a burning sensation.

You may develop a necrotic lesion that looks like the following:

  • the dry patch of skin.
  • bluish appearing skin
  • redness around the lesion
  • central blister

After three to five days:

In some people, the venom does not spread and stays in that area where the spider bit you. If the spider had a minimal poison, you are healthy, and the discomfort vanishes after three to five days.

In case the venom spreads inside your body, the wound expands, causing severe symptoms.

After seven to fourteen days:

The ulcer spreads and grows by inches if you had a spider bite. However, the wound does not break down the skin, so you might have little chance to get recovered from this stage.

If the wound increases, the pain will last for several months.

Three weeks later:

In case of severe wounds, your skin may develop necrotic (dead) tissue called eschar. It looks like a thick scab covered the scar that has black color.

Three months later:

The wounds get healed within three months period. If it does not heal, it is not a brown recluse spider bite at all.

Severe symptoms of the brown recluse spider bite:

Children and old age people show severe signs of the brown recluse spider bites due to their weak immune systems

  • chills
  • dizziness
  • fever
  • rash
  • vomiting

Any person suffering from these severe symptoms should seek medical assistance immediately.

Avoiding a brown recluse spider bite:

  • Remove the debris in your home wherever possible. Clutter will make the spiders love to hide and nest in that areas.
  • Keep shoes and clothes above the floor. Shake them well before wearing them as spiders tend to hide.
  • Store food sources in air-tight containers to keep spiders away from preying on other insects.
  • Make sure to cover the cracks and crevices of your wall foundation to avoid the spiders from hiding in those places.
  • Place sticky traps where you find the increased spider activity to catch them.

Wrapping up:

Do not panic if you get stung by the brown recluse spiders, and treat them using home remedies. In case of severe symptoms, seek medical expert help. Alternatively, you can also call pest control professionals to get rid of brown recluse for good as removal of brown recluse is no DIY task. Call professional pest control services if you suspect a brown recluse infestation.



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