Common first aide practices are what we generally recommend customers to follow. First, be sure to clean the area of the bite thoroughly to prevent any potential infection, apply ice to reduce pain and swelling, or if serious symptoms develop such as increasing pain or swelling, we would recommend to seek medical attention. Try to save a sample of the spider if possible, in the cases of black widows, medical doctors are able to provide you with an antidote, but are only able to do so when positively identified as a black widow bite. Spider bites are difficult to diagnose as there are other medical conditions that create the same symptoms. Spider bites in general, specifically those who are diagnosed as a “brown recluse bite” are greatly overdiagnosed in the State of Colorado.