The Texas Poison Center blog is here to provide useful information and tips on dealing with toxins and poisons that we are sometimes unintentionally exposed to in or out of the home. This blog is not meant to replace calling a Poison Control Center. Poison centers offer free medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.
Monday, August 18, 2014
What You Need to Know about Brown Recluse Spider Bites
During the summer months you tend to see more spiders.
One spider, that we don’t see very often but is a very dangerous spider, is the
brown recluse spider also known as the fiddle-back spider. The brown recluse is
a poisonous spider that can cause tissue death at the bite site.Children and adults both can become ill when
to Recognize a Brown Recluse
This type of spider is very unique. While most spiders
have eight eyes, a brown recluse only has six. Its coloring consists of a sandy
brown with the violin-shaped marking being a little darker than the rest of its
body. You will also see many fine, short hairs on its body.
Can You Find a Brown Recluse?
These spiders like to build webs in dark places that
haven’t been recently disturbed. Here are some examples of places you might
find them: rotting bark, attics, basements, closets, behind pictures, shoes,
cardboard boxes, garages, etc. A person might not always be aware that they have been
bitten, because the initial bite does not always hurt right away. Here are some
symptoms that could occur from a brown recluse bite:
of the Skin around the Bite
you think you or a loved one might have been bitten, please do not hesitate to
contact your local Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for free expert
advice, 24 hours a day.