Spider Bites Characteristics
Even though many people fear spidersfor their venomous bites, there are a few things that need furtherexplanation. First of all, although some spiders may be able to killpeople with their bites, most of them cannot. Moreover, in Americathere are two types of spiders which present a threat to people. Allthe other types of spiders may not have enough strength in theirfangs to penetrate human skin, let alone inject us with poison.Therefore, unless you are bitten by a black widow or a brown reclusespider, both native to South America, you will have no significantproblems triggered by a spider bite. However, if one of the two abovementioned do bite you, you life might be at stake. For all thesereasons, it is important to know how to recognize a dangerous spiderand a spider bite, in order to react timely and prevent any possiblecomplications.
Manifestations of Spider Bites
When bitten by a spider which does nothave poison, you will experience pain, redness and irritation aroundthe spot. However, these symptoms may be reduced with coldcompression or by taking some anti-inflammatory medication as well aspain killers. The bite effect fades completely after a period of oneweek. Alternatively, often due to the contact with a spider, one maydevelop an allergic reaction in need of adequate treatment.
As mentioned above, if a small, shinyblack spider, with a red hourglass marking on its belly, bites you,there is a reason for fear. This spider, the black widow, delivers abite causing a sensation similar to that when being poked by apinprick. Double fang marks may be noticed around the spot, causingserious pain, irritation, swelling and redness. Even though oneshould be careful while bitten, a black widow bite rarely causesdeath.
The brown recluse spider, on the otherhand, has been known to kill small children by its bite, as well assome adults. An inch long, with a violin-like marking on its belly,this spider delivers a bite causing mild stinging at first, evolvinginto significant pain, causing blisters and black marks on the bitespot. Later, swelling and blisters turn into ulcers both outside andinside the skin. Alternatively, nausea, fever, abdominal and jointpain, rashes vomiting as well as some other symptoms may appear aswell.
What To Do When Bitten?
Firstly, make sure you were bitten by aspider, since, many times, lice bites, other insect bites, infectionsand many other conditions are mistaken for spider bites.
If a spider does bite you, along withcold compression and adequate medication, you must wash the spot withan antibacterial soap and seek medical attention as soon as possible.In addition, you may catch the spider that bit you and bring it tothe doctor. Finally, before seeking medical attention, you may stopthe poison from spreading by tying a bandage tight, above the bitespot.