Necrotising arachnidism

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Necrotising arachnidism is a medical condition caused by a spider bite.[1] The skin can blister, form ulcers, and in some cases be destroyed (called necrosis). It is very painful and could need skin grafts. Doctors are still unclear about the treatment of the condition. The only spider identified as being a causative agent for necrotising arachnidism is the Recluse spider (specifically, the Brown Recluse spider)[2][3]. Whilst It is portrayed by the media to be caused by the bite of the white-tailed spider and the black house spider[1], no studies have definitively proven the causative link[4]. There is no specific treatment for the condition.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Necrotising arachnidism". Australian Venom Research Unit. 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  2. "Necrotising arachnidism". Medical Journal of Australia. 1999. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  3. Majeski J (2001). "Necrotizing fasciitis developing from a brown recluse spider bite". PubMed. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. Isbister GK, Gray MR. "hite-tail spider bite: a prospective study of 130 definite bites by Lampona species". Med. J. Aust. 179.