Spider Bites 101: Symptoms, Treatment & When to Get Help

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Spider bites may seem scary — but the good news is that most spiders are harmless to people. In rare cases, poisonous spider bites can cause severe pain and other more serious symptoms. You can take care of most spider bites at home, but it’s important to get medical help if you have symptoms of a poisonous spider bite or an allergic reaction.