What happens if a brown recluse spider bites you?

Let’s be honest, spiders are creepy. They have eight legs and can quickly scamper across walls and ceilings with ease. For some people, just the sight of these arachnids is enough to make their skin crawl.

But what happens when a spider bites you? More specifically, what happens when you get bitten by a brown recluse spider? This tiny predator may not look like much, but its bite can pack quite a punch. In this article, we’ll explore the effects of a brown recluse spider bite and what you should do if it ever happens to you!

Getting to Know the Brown Recluse Spider

Before we jump into the consequences of getting bitten by this pesky little creature let us educate ourselves about it (what does it look like?). The brown recluse spider belongs to the family Loxosceles reclusa; its scientific name speaks for itself: it is affectionately nicknamed fiddleback or violin spider because of its distinctive markings that some people think resemble either musical instruments.

In reality though, these guys aren’t playing music; they’re hunting down prey in all sorts of dark spaces where they thrive (gross!). Typically found in states such as Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana – although range map shows that various species belonging to Loxosceles genus occur also in other parts United States such as Florida (wait…Florida?!)-certainly good news for anyone who needs an extra bit of excitement in their life.

This type of 1/4 inch long beast commonly dwells outdoors near tangles thick foliage or under rocks next buildings before making itself known indoors too (and nowhere feels safe anymore).

Unlike many common pests around your home which live off human-scraped rather than biting humans directly- the Struggle Is Real indeed– brown recluses are happy to make our lives even worse. They don’t spin webs like most arachnids or use stealthy approaches either; they purposely seek out surfaces that will bring them into contact with naive predators, so as soon as they sense movement in the vicinity-get ready for a quick scuttle and pounce.

What Happens When You Get Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider?

While some species of spider bites may leave you feeling generally uncomfortable but relatively unscathed beyond maybe a small mark, others (like this one) can cause serious complications -and using moisturizer cannot get rid of it-. Those who have had the misfortune of getting bitten by a brown recluse spider can testify first-hand just how detrimental its venomous bite truly is.

Within minutes after being bitten- brace yourself– it’s feasible to feel nothing at all (oh joy). But then again…this could be because spiders aren’t telepathic (or are they?), we don’t really know what’s going on in their tiny brains when taking part in such events. Within 45 minutes comes hell on earth: you’re experiencing nausea, fever accompanied by sweating profusely perhaps more than an average workout session (if only people knew your true intentions when panting!)… And then there’s pain-(seriously I think everybody has encountered moderate to severe kinds before) which might initially seem minor but quickly grows unbearable until finally becoming excruciating–at least ten times more torturous than childbirth(hate to break it, ladies). This very pain dramatically progresses over the next several hours or even days-the unlucky victim not able lickety-split free from this nightmare-, spreading across affected area while causing skin tissue around said area becomes increasingly inflamed turning red turning dark purple even black adding insult.

If left untreated, these symptoms can escalate into limb-threatening – yes, limb-threatening – skin necrosis, which is fancy schmancy medical jargon for “death of tissue.” This means that your skin can start to die near the bite site. (Yay, like we needed something else to worry about in 2020!)

What Should You Do if You Get Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider?

If you’ve been bitten by a brown recluse spider- count yourself unlucky, then get some help ASAP. It’s important to seek treatment right away; there’s no need wasting precious moments trying figure out what exactly bit – this beast it!! Signs and symptoms are quite specific.

The good news? The likelihood of death from a brown recluse spider bite is extremely low (yes great news indeed). But don’t let your guard down because relatively common side effects include leaving painful pus-filled sores that may require surgery or leave scars always keeps things interesting).

Don’t attempt self-treatment: whether reaching for folk remedies or essential oils has plenty of fans on social media who claim they prove effective. Ultimately-none of these work consistently enough reliably covering all possible reactions; instead (just wait…) Speak To A Medical Professional As Soon As Possible(No buts)!
After seeking professional advice-follow their recommendations stringently; the infection itself won’t respond well with confusion being mixed in aiming delay recovery time unnecessarily costing more money than possibly anticipated!

Table: First Aid Measures After Being Bitten by Brown Recluse Spider

Step Action
1 Stay calm
2 Wash sight thoroughly but carefully using fragrant-free soap carrying mild temperature water
3 Apply cold compresses toward swelling applied at least twenty minutes total
4 Elevate affected limb above level heart-if not-recommend laying down whilst waiting for medics
5 Make movement as limited as feasible
6 Do not apply medication other than that prescribed

Disclaimer: This is Not Medical Advice
(seriously, listen to the trained professionals!)

Prevention Tips

If much like myself you are seriously afraid of these-regular sized-yet-gigantic looking spiders, then you’ll want to take some preventive measures so you never have a run-in with one (or more-fingers crossed!). Let’s explore what exactly can be done.

Seal All Entryways

A lot harder task may sound easier and straightforward- particularly if it involves home’s structure. But putting in place potentially overlooked things such as stripping weather taken extra care when securing doors or windows keep all creepy crawlies outside where they belong.

Limit Outdoor Lighting at Night

Not too cozy reading this in your garden right now but-limiting light pollution from outdoor lighting-front porch lights, above-ground pool safety floodlights help reduce insects creeping into houses during summer evenings. Brown recluses prefers areas that are well-lit due to their preference for ambushing its victims unawares-take them up on their preferences.

Keep Your Home Clean

Contrary-to-popular-beliefs spic and span surfaces do-not-equal-arachnid-free-zones-however-it has been noted countless times by pest experts-spots eaten food items spillages of any nature make perfect feeding opportunities-resulting multiplication-and yes-Larger populations will attract all sorts-of pests-brown recluse among biggest culprits-, Always vacuum regularly & avoid piles clustered clutter1. It’s always better stay safe than sorry,

Bonus tip – Remove clutters or protective coverings showing no signs even slightest shade stuffy around less frequently cleaned places corner attic-crawl spaces basements-cellars-you know-the ones most often associated with horror movies… These are the perfect habitats for brown recluse spiders to thrive in!


So there you have it – everything you need to know about what happens when a brown recluse spider bites you. This little creature may be small, but its bite can have serious consequences that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Remember: prevention is key! Seal all entryways, limit outdoor lighting at night and keep your home clean will give solution-limiting factors from contributing towards an invasion by unwanted guests. In the event of getting bitten seeking medical attention immediately-hopefully-should prevent progression into more serious issues.

Stay safe out there! Keep those spidery fingers & toes crossed this is one problem we’ll never face.


  1. https://www.thoughtco.com/how-to-get-rid-of-brown-recluse-spiders-1968290 

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