The Brown Recluse Spider (or corner spider) is one of the most dangerous in America. Surely you've heard about it or seen it at some point, but could you really identify it if you found it? Do not panic, we tell you how you can detect both the arachnid and its bite.
These small beings, in spite of being very feared, flee to human contact. They are usually found in small, dark places, both inside and outside the home.
How to identify them
This spider is small, brown and has a spot similar to the silhouette of a violin on the top of his back. It can measure from half a centimeter to almost 2, but it can look bigger because of its long legs, notes WebMD. It is likely that if you find it inside your house it is in the basement, in a dark closet or in any other remote place without much light.
The bite of a laxosceles laeta, as it is known scientifically, can take a few hours to take effect, but it starts with a violet spot on the skin. At 24 or 48 hours, the area will be swollen and with blisters, according to the Secretary of Health of the State of Veracruz, Mexico.
If more time is allowed to pass, a necrotic crust will begin to form. In addition, the affected person will have a fever, nausea, muscle pain, fatigue, heart failure, pulmonary edema and lose consciousness. The Secretariat explains that if the patient is treated within 24 hours, the patient can be treated on an outpatient basis, but if the poison has spread it would require hospitalization.
So the most important thing is to identify this bite as quickly as possible and seek medical attention. If treated correctly, the most serious thing that can happen is a scar.
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