How to Identify & Treat a Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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Brown recluse spider bites can often look like the common bull's-eye. Identify and treat brown recluse spider bites with tips from a firefighter in this free first aid video.

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You know there are a few insect bites worse then that of the brown recluse spider. Hi I'm Captain Joe Bruni and what I'm going to talk about is how to identify the bite of the brown recluse or fiddle back spider. The brown recluse spider will leave some type of injury that within a few hours will have pain, localized redness and swelling and possibly even some type of blister or pustule will form at the bite site location. Commonly that bite area sometimes is referred to as targeting, which sometimes will look like the common bullseye target with that pustule in the middle as the bullseye and outer reddening all around it. There could be cramps, nausea, altered states of consciousness and other signs and symptoms that would indicate the brown recluse spider has left it's mark. Many times someone bitten by the brown recluse is not aware at the time that they've been bitten. Many times the bite is painless, but within a few hours there will be pain and localized swelling. The individual needs to clean the wound, do not attempt to lance the type of pustule or boil that forms, but if it does happen to break, clean the wound to prevent infection. Apply ice to reduce swelling and take the person for medical assistance and help. I'm Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe and we'll see you next time.

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