First Aid: Spider Bitesenparents spider bites cause mild reactions, but some can cause serious illness or allergic reactions. Here's what to do if you think your child was bitten by a spider.spider, spiders, brown recluse spider, black widow, black widdow, widow, widdow, brown spider, brown recluse, black widow spider, black widow spider, spider bites, spider bite, swelling, skin infection, allergic reaction, severe allergic reactions, pus, redness, oozing pus, warmth, swelling, bite, bites, red ring, deep purple, deep blue, pink urine, reddish urine, body rash, insect repellant, DEET, outside, outdoor, outdoors, camping, camp, going outside, playing outside06/29/200407/12/201807/12/2018Kate M. Cronan, MD07/09/20184b81bc59-f504-4feb-b579-7a7a0c4442d3<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Because most <a href="">spider bites</a> don't go all the way through skin, they usually cause only mild reactions. However, black widow and brown recluse spider bites can cause serious reactions and need immediate care. <a href="">Allergic reactions</a>&nbsp;to spider bites can happen but are rare.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <h4>Of a brown recluse spider bite:</h4> <ul> <li>swelling or redness around the bite</li> <li>pain around the bite within 2 to 8 hours</li> <li>joint stiffness or pain</li> <li>nausea, <a href="">vomiting</a></li> <li>body rash</li> <li><a href="">fever</a>, chills, and body aches</li> <li>tiredness</li> </ul> <h4>Of a black widow spider bite:</h4> <ul> <li>painful muscle cramps within 8 hours</li> <li>no bite on the skin (or only a small bite)</li> <li>belly pain and stiffness</li> <li>nausea and vomiting</li> <li>breathing trouble</li> </ul> <h4>Of an allergic reaction:</h4> <ul> <li>swelling of the face or mouth</li> <li>difficulty swallowing or speaking</li> <li>chest tightness, wheezing, or trouble breathing</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>If your child has been bitten by a spider:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Wash the area with soap and water.</li> <li>Put an ice pack or a cool wet cloth on the bite area to relieve pain and swelling.</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care Right Away if:</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Your child has any signs of an allergic reaction.</li> <li>Your child develops any kind of rash after a bite.</li> <li>Your child has severe pain or cramping.</li> <li>The area begins to look infected (increasing redness, pain, swelling, warmth, or pus).</li> <li>You think your child was bitten by a brown recluse spider or black widow spider.</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Make sure garages, attics, and woodpiles are free of spider webs.</li> <li>Make sure kids wear long sleeves and pants when playing around garages, attics, and woodpiles, etc.</li> <li>Firewood should be kept outside the house to avoid bringing spiders inside.</li> </ul>
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