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Because most spider bites don’t go all the way through skin, they usually cause only mild reactions. However, black widow and brown recluse spider bites can cause serious reactions and need immediate care. Allergic reactions to spider bites can happen but are rare.
If your child has been bitten by a spider:
Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It’s important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.
The black widow spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about them!
The brown recluse spider is one of six poisonous kinds of spiders in the United States. Learn more about the brown recluse spider.
Bites from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed upon a person’s blood. Non-venomous means the insect does not inject poisons through its bite.
Venomous insects bite or sting people as a way to defend themselves. They inject a poison (venom) into a person through their mouth or stinger which causes a reaction.
Generally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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