Brown recluse bites on the rise

Brown recluse bites on the rise

July 24th, 2014 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

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Medical toxicologists at Vanderbilt University want people to know more about how to treat brown recluse spider bites.

Doctors are seeing an increase in patients seeking treatment, including some who tried at-home remedies that did more harm than good.

The venomous bites usually heal well if left alone, said Dr. Donna Seger, medical director of the Tennessee Poison Center. However, she warned that people can react differently to the bites. A lesion accompanied by a fever, rash and muscle pain can be life-threatening, especially in children, she said.

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