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Spider bites are uncommon. Often, people mistake a skin infection or a bite by another insect as a spider bite.
Only a few spiders have fangs strong enough to pierce your skin and enough venom to cause a reaction. In the U.S., these include the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. Even these types of spiders tend to bite only when threatened.
Spider bites are rarely lethal. Treating the site of the spider bite is generally all that's necessary. In a few cases, symptoms may be severe and widespread enough to require antivenom treatment and hospitalization.
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