While many spider bites are harmless and result in little more than minor pain and swelling, there are some spiders that can cause serious symptoms.
When they are left untreated, these seemingly small bites can cause serious problems. One such spider that has a nasty bite is the Black Widow.
This spider is primarily found in the United States. They have distinct red markings on them that distinguish them from other species.
If you come in contact with one and are bitten, remain calm. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment for this type of bite can reduce the risk of serious complications which include hospitalization and in rare cases, death.
Many times the cause of black widow spider bites is unknown; however, many bites happen when you step on them without shoes on your feet, when you’re outdoors. These arachnids like to live in dark spaces such as under sheds, houses or lawn furniture where they are easily overlooked.
The symptoms of spider bites from these eight-legged creatures include:
- Localized swelling 30 to 40 minutes after the bite occurs
- Pain that slowly progresses up or down the bitten arm or leg
- Tremors, difficulty breathing and vomiting
- Clammy skin and weak pulse
It is true that if left untreated these bites can be deadly. However, there is a treatment for these spider bites that is often effective when administered in the early stages of venom injection.
Although seemingly impossible, try to catch the spider that bit you so a medical professional can identify the type of bite that you have sustained. It is important to remember to always seek medical attention promptly.
Some of the treatment methods used to treat black widow spider bites include:
- Cleaning the site thoroughly with soap and water
- Applying a mild antiseptic ointment or cream to ward off any infections
- Apply a cold pack to the affected area to reduce swelling
- Elevate the site of the bite above the heart to maintain proper blood circulation
There are many different types of spider bites. One spider that is commonly found in North America that gives a nasty bite is the Black Widow.
These little guys are seemingly harmless until they strike. A little known fact about these spiders is that it is primarily the female with a bite that is dangerous and responsible for the most serious symptoms and side effects.
It is possible to avoid being bitten by these spiders. Some measures to take include wearing shoes while gardening or walking outdoors, avoiding playing in woodpiles or in sheds, cleaning behind yard furniture and potted plants often in order to sweep away any spiders that may be living within them.
Shake out your shoes if they are kept in dark places such as mudrooms or the garage as they are ideal hiding places for black widow spiders.
If you know what causes these bites, the symptoms and how to treat them, you have a good chance of walking away from the venom injection fairly unscathed.