Envenomation by reptiles, spiders, and insects are a common worldwide occurrence. Tens of thousands of bites occur each year, with most victims seeking treatment in emergency rooms. Many envenomations, however, occur in environments where athletes train and compete. As a result, sports physicians may find themselves on the front lines of treating bites and stings. This article reviews the most common types of envenomations seen in the United States.
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Address for correspondence: Benjamin Friday MD, FBCH Family Medicine, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, 9300 Dewitt Loop, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.