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Spiders Bites

Mizuho Morrison, DO and Matthieu DeClerck, MD
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Spider bites of clinical consequence are rare. In North America there are only a few spiders whose bites cause clinically relevant pathology requiring medical treatment beyond basic wound care. These species and the clinical picture resulting from their bites are reviewed in this segment.

 

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David C. -

I've heard the hobo spider got it's name because it minds it's own business but becomes agitated and aggressive if you bother it (like a hobo). Though this description is consistent with most all spiders that bite with the exception being the funnel web spider (australia) which will attack without provocation.

Mike W., MD -

Good stuff!

Charles M. -

Hobo spiders seem to live other places than "the South" (as indicated in the Show Notes):

Hobo Spiders Facts, Identification & Control. Native to Europe, the aggressive house spider, or western hobo spider, was accidentally introduced to the Northwestern United States in the 1980s. They are found primarily in Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Montana and the Pacific Northwest United States.

Mike W., MD -

Thx for pointing that out , Charles M !

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Franks and Beans Full episode audio for MD edition 191:27 min - 90 MB - M4AHippo Urgent Care RAP - July 2017 Written Summary 279 KB - PDF