Brown recluse, violin, fiddleback, or fiddler (Loxosceles) spiders are found in southern North America and in South America; they live in hot, dark, covered areas, such as wood or rock piles. These poisonous brown spiders are about 0.5 in. (1.27 cm) long with a dark violin-shaped mark on the combined head and midsection (cephalothorax) with long skinny legs. They have 6 eyes grouped in 3 pairs rather than 8 eyes like other spiders.
Symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite include:
Other symptoms that may begin 1 to 2 days after a bite include:
A doctor should be called immediately when a person is bitten by a brown recluse spider.
Last Revised: October 14, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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