Brown recluse spiders are rarely seen or identified in the United States and a bite often is not felt when it happens. Treatment includes treating the wound and preventing infection.
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Black widow spider bites can be dangerous but fatal bites are rare. Black widow spider bites often are painful right away. After a bad bite, severe pain and muscle cramps can start in a couple of hours. Pain and muscle cramps can be treated. Antivenin is available but is needed only rarely.
The bite of a brown recluse spider can cause tissue death. Often, the bite leaves a permanent scar. Treatment of the bite focuses on preventing infections and promoting wound healing. If you suspect a brown recluse spider bite, wash the area immediately with soap and water and call Poison Control for advice.
In the woods or in the garden, nature can surprise the unprepared.
Itch mite bites cause intense itching and skin redness that may last for weeks. Because the mites are very small, most people do not remember being bitten. Over-the-counter products, including topical steroids and oral antihistamines, can be used to treat the itching caused by these bites.
Tarantula bites typically only cause pain at the bite site, but contact with tarantula hairs can cause redness, itching, and swelling. Most scorpions in the US are not very dangerous, but painful stings are common. Serious effects can occur with stings from the bark scorpion.
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Most spiders do not cause poisoning. They contain venom, but often their biting parts cannot puncture human skin. If bitten by a spider, expect stinging and some redness. Keep the area clean as with any break in the skin, and the area should heal.
Some plants can be poisonous if you eat them. Others can hurt you if you get them on your skin. For some plants, all parts of the plant are poisonous. For others, only certain parts of the plant are harmful. The danger can range from mild irritation to severe illness or death. Check our our list of selected poisonous and non-poisonous plants.
Black widow spiders are shy and prefer dark, undisturbed areas, such as the corners of your shed or inside your boots. Their bites can be dangerous, sometimes requiring hospitalization. Always shake out your gardening gloves, boots or shoes stored in garages, basements, or sheds before putting them on.
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