Aerex’s Spider Bite Guide

It’s difficult to identify a spider bite by a skin wound alone. Believe it or not, even physicians are doing guesswork when trying to diagnose a spider bite (scary, yes, but don’t worry!). Instead of by physical appearance, spider bites are often identified by the individual’s reaction.

Of course, some spider bites are completely harmless. Nonetheless, it’s important to know when a spider bite requires medical attention. Here is a guide on the dangerous (and not so dangerous) U.S. spider bites.

Black Widow
We all know the Black Widow spider is one of the most dangerous. You will know when you are bitten by a black widow, because the pain level is off the charts. A black widow bite will administer some of the following symptoms:

  • Immediate pain, burning and swelling
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Cramping & muscle rigidity
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Itchy Rash

A black widow bite is life threatening and should be handled with the following treatment:

  • A visit the emergency room
  • Cleaning the wound with soap & water
  • Applying ice to the wound
  • Taking acetaminophen or antihistamine for the pain

Brown Recluse
The pain from a brown recluse bite is quite severe – the only problem is you won’t feel it until about 4 hours later. Additionally, a brown recluse bite can cause severe skin damage. A brown recluse bite will administer some of the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain at bite site after 3-4 hours
  • Severe itching
  • Fever
  • Muscle pain
  • Blistering
  • Nausea & vomiting
  • Small red mark

A brown recluse bite is not life threatening but should be handled with the following treatment:

  • Visiting a doctor
  • Keeping the area dry
  • Applying ice to the wound
  • Avoiding strenuous activity
  • Pain medication or antibiotics

Sac Spiders
Sac Spiders are often misidentified as a brown recluse. However, they are smaller than brown recluse with a pale green, tan or yellowish color. A sac spider bite will administer some of the following symptom(s):

  • A stinging sensation similar to a bee sting

A sac spider bite is not life threatening but should be handled with the following treatment:

  • Visiting a doctor
  • Washing with soap and water
  • Applying ice to the wound
  • Taking acetaminophen or antihistamine for the pain

See a physician if you suspect a spider bite of any kind. Quick attention to the wound is the best way to ensure proper healing. Additionally, take a picture of the bite. This will help both physicians and future “victims” identify spider bites for a quicker diagnosis.

 

 

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