Spiders in dermatology

Jun K. Kang, Chinmoy Bhate, Robert A. Schwartz

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Spider bites represent an unusual and potentially over-represented clinical diagnosis. Despite a common fear of spiders, known as arachnophobia, current knowledge suggests that only a small number of families within the order Araneae are medically relevant. Moreover, most cutaneous spider reactions, including both evenomations and physical trauma, produce mild, local symptoms which may be managed with supportive care alone. The differential diagnosis for spider bites may be broad, especially if the offending arachnid is not seen or found. We describe a series of spiders relevant to the dermatologist in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-127
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in cutaneous medicine and surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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