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Should I see a doctor if I've been bitten by a spider?

Spider bites, like those from a black widow, can cause symptoms that should be seen by a doctor immediately. You're going to be pretty sick pretty quickly if it's a significant envenomation (poisoning with venom), with local sweating and abdominal cramps. The most important thing is to take precautions to help prevent insect and spider bites. You can do this by keeping yourself covered, either with clothing or bug spray, and checking for bites when you return inside.

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