Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites.
Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee sting is noticed at the time of the bite and a small white blister develops at the site of the bite.
Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite.
How do you know if you were bitten by a brown recluse?
Symptoms of a Brown Recluse Bite
- Pain or redness at the site of the bite.
- A deep sore (ulcer) that forms where you were bitten, with the skin at the center turning purple.
- Joint pain.
- Feeling weak.
- Seizures or coma (very rare)
What does a brown recluse bite look like in the early stages?
Symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include: Reddened skin that may be followed by a blister that forms at the bite site. Mild to intense pain and itching for 2 to 8 hours following the bite. An open sore ( ulcer ) with a breakdown of tissue (necrosis) that develops a week or more following the bite.
Does a brown recluse bite hurt?
You usually don’t feel it when a brown recluse spider bites you. That means you might not even realize you’ve been bitten if you don’t actually see the spider on your skin. If you do feel it, the bite may sting at first. Then you may feel pain, burning, or itching around the site of the bite.
What does a brown recluse look like?
Brown recluse spiders range in color from tan to gray with slender, tapering legs. Two characteristics that help distinguish this spider from similar species include the dark violin-shaped marking on the back of the front portion of the body, and the semicircular, paired arrangement of six eyes.