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Beware of more spiders with warmer weather

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Warmer weather means the spiders are crawling out and making an appearance inside your home.

Doctors say this is a prime time of the year when they start to see an increase in spider bite victims.

Brown recluse spiders are everywhere in Tennessee, including in your garage and likely in your attic or closets.

In 2010, Kaylee Davis, 3, died a day after being bitten by a brown recluse spider in Macon County.

According to the state Department of Health, more than 15,000 people visited Tennessee's emergency rooms and 708 were admitted for stays due to spider bites in 2008.

"They are everywhere here. If you have a house in Tennessee, you have brown recluse spiders," said Dr. Donna Seger, the medical director at the Tennessee Poison Center.

She said a good way to identify brown recluse bites is that they tend to expand your skin.

"Initially it can look like a blister as it expands, causing a light color," said Seger.

The size of the lesion will vary from as small as a dime to as large as a baseball.

If you are bitten, here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control:

  • Don't use home remedies and ointments, which can cause infections
  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • While some people don't require medical treatment, bites can still be painful, so apply ice to cut down on pain.
  • Visit a doctor if a rash appears, especially in cases involving children.

"You have to be much more concerned about bites with kids. If they have been bitten, they need to see doctor right away," said Seger.

Below is some advice on how to avoid spiders:

  • Shake out any clothing, shoes, towels, or equipment before use.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirt, pants, gloves and boots when working outside or going through woods.
  • Store outdoor equipment in tightly closed plastic bags.

If you have a question about the bite, always consult a doctor.

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