Brown Recluse Bite: Symptoms To Watch For

By: Ellisha Rader Mannering - July 30, 2014

Experts are warning that brown recluse spider bites are on the rise and that it is important to know what symptoms to watch for.

If caught on time, brown recluse bites can be treated without any complications.

If they are left untreated they can lead to severe tissue damage, infections and scars.

If you are afraid that you or someone you know may be suffering from a brown recluse bite you should check for these symptoms and seek medical attention immediately.

Fever
One of the first signs of a brown recluse bite is a fever and other flu-like symptoms. This is also why so many people dismiss the symptoms and spider bites. If you don’t remember being bitten by a spider and are experiencing these symptoms you may think that you are just getting sick. If the fever lasts for more than a day you should see a doctor immediately, especially if you have been bitten by a spider.

Pain, Redness, Swelling
Pain, redness and swelling are common with most spider and bug bites but are a lot worse with brown recluse bites. If you have been bitten by a spider and notice that the area around the bite is more painful, discolored or swollen than it should be, seek medical attention.

Trouble Breathing
If you are having trouble breathing get to the emergency room or doctor’s office quickly. This is one of the clearest signs of a brown recluse bite and can also be a sign of an allergic reaction. Regardless of the reason for the breathing problems, this symptom is a serious one and requires medical care quickly.

If you think you may have been bitten by a brown recluse, get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.

Brown recluse spider bites are on the rise in any parts of the country and will get worse as fall starts to set in. Avoid these spiders if possible and if you are bitten, don’t waste any time getting to a doctor.

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About the Author

Ellisha Rader ManneringEllisha is a writer, wife, and mommy to Cyrus and Milo. She enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, shopping, traveling with her family and teaching baton twirling. Follow her on Twitter @lishann

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