Spider Bite Symptoms, Treatments & More

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2. Harmless Spider Bites

It’s not clear how many spider bites occur annually. Sometimes they go unnoticed. Other times, they’re attributed to bites from insects.1‘Spider Bites: Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16639-spider-bites. A spider bite resembles an insect bite, often presenting with a raised bump that may be painful, itchy, red and/or inflamed.2‘Spider Bites.’ Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 15 May 2019, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spider-bites/symptoms-causes/syc-20352371.

Treatment for most spider bites involves cleaning the affected area with soap and water, applying ice or a cool, damp cloth and elevating the bitten area. Over-the-counter antihistamines and pain relievers may relieve itching and pain.1‘Spider Bites: Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/16639-spider-bites.

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