Skip to main content

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a brown recluse spider bite?

Brown recluse spiders are venomous. The venom may cause severe skin and tissue damage after several hours or days.

What are the signs and symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite?

You may not feel anything at first. Within hours of the bite, you may feel mild burning or irritation in the bite wound. You may have any of the following:

How is a brown recluse spider bite diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and examine the injured area. Your provider may ask about your medical history. You may need to have blood or urine tests or a skin biopsy. If you are able to capture the spider safely, bring it to your provider.

How is a brown recluse spider bite treated?

The bite wound may heal on its own, but you will need treatment if the wound gets worse. It is important to clean the wound site with soap and water. You may need any of the following:

How do I manage a brown recluse spider bite?

How can a I prevent a brown recluse spider bite?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

© Copyright Merative 2024 Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes.

Learn more about Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Care guides

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.