How to Treat a Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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A bite from a brown recluse spider should be treated with antiseptic as medical attention is sought. Treat brown recluse spider bites with tips from a firefighter in this free first-aid video.

Part of the Video Series: First Aid for Insect Bites
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You know, one of the common insect bites that can be very frustrating to deal with is that of the brown recluse spider. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what I'm going to talk about is how to treat the bite that has occurred from the brown recluse spider or fatal back spider. The brown recluse spider will form some type of reddening area or possibly some type of pussy, pustule area followed by necroses of some tissue after a brown recluse spider bite. Apply some type of antiseptic cream or lotion to the bite area and then apply ice or a cold pack in intervals of twenty minutes on, twenty minutes off to reduce swelling and pain. It would also be advisable to take some type of pain reliever like Ibuprofen and not aspirin, as aspirin will thin the blood. And then seek medical attention. If the pustule forms do not pop it or break it. However, if it breaks on its own, re clean the area with soap and water, and antiseptic as you seek medical attention. I'm Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we'll see you next time.

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