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What are signs of a brown recluse spider bite?

The bite of the brown recluse spider may produce little or no pain initially. Pain in the area of the bite develops an hour or more later. A blood-filled blister forms under the surface of the skin, sometimes in a target or bull’s-eye pattern. Over time, the blister increases in size and eventually ruptures, leading to tissue destruction and a black scab.
Jonathon E. Pangia, DO
Emergency Medicine
You probably won’t see the spider bite, but you will experience symptoms. Brown recluse bites may cause a lot of necrosis, or tissue death, in a form of very nasty ulcer. This is why many abscesses are mistaken for brown recluse bites. They look very similar because of the very large area of death and sometimes pus formation.

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