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Prongay, Rob; Kelsberg, Gary; Safranek, Sarah (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2012-11)Opioids relieve pain and benzodiazepines ease muscle spasms in most patients with latrodectism—widespread, sustained spasms—resulting from envenomation by a black widow spider (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, case ...
Kelley, Jennifer (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2008-11)No evidence-based studies are available that adequately address this question. Supportive care that includes local ice and antihistamines—along with rest, immobilization, and analgesics—is generally recommended. (SOR C, ...
Sarasua, James; Bailey, Justin (Family Physicians Inquiries Network, 2010-03)Initial management steps for nonpoisonous spider bites include thoroughly rinsing the affected area with soap and water, followed by the application of ice to reduce inflammation. Other optional measures include analgesic ...