When to See a Doctor for a Spider Bite
Most spider bites are harmless. In fact, many people who believe they have been bitten by a spider actually have a skin rash or have been bitten or stung by another insect. Still, if your bite or rash is itchy, red, or uncomfortable, you can visit an urgent care doctor to receive timely treatment and find relief from your symptoms. A medical professional can also help ensure the bite does not become infected and provide advice on how to keep the area clean.
When to Call 911
It’s important to note that being bit by a black widow or a brown recluse—two poisonous spiders that are common in the United States—requires an emergency response. Specifically, be sure to call 911 if you or someone around you is experiencing:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Abdominal cramping
- Severe pain or swelling around the bite
- Sweating, chills, or fever
- Worsening pain
It is especially important to seek emergency care if a child is experiencing these symptoms.
Insect Bite Treatment at Fast Track Urgent Care
In non-life-threatening scenarios, Fast Track Urgent Care is an excellent place to receive treatment for spider bites and other insect bites. Our fully equipped centers in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, have extended hours every day and provide care on a walk-in basis, although you can schedule an appointment online beforehand if you prefer.
Contact Fast Track Urgent Care today to learn more about our approach to spider bite treatment and our other urgent care services. We are in-network with most major health insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield.