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Signs and Threats of the Harmful Spider Bites

Spider bites instantly divert our minds towards spiderman, but unlike the movie fancy, spider bites don’t give us any superpowers, but they can be painful, extremely toxic, and even life-threatening.

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There are thousands of spider species which exist in this world with each having different characteristics. But the fact about spiders is that they don’t feed upon human blood, and it holds true across all species. The only time when a spider bites a human is when it feels threatened or trapped and then bite in defense.

Fangs of most of the spider species are too weak to even pierce human skin, and the only reaction it will have is itchiness, just like any other insect’s bite. But there are some species which are capable of inserting toxic venom into their victim and cause severe health complications.

Symptoms of Spider Bites

Spider bites’ instantly divert our minds towards spiderman, but unlike the movie fancy, spider bites don’t give us any superpowers, but they can be painful, extremely toxic, and even life-threatening. So, it’s better to look for spider bites’ symptoms to take immediate curative measures.

Common spider bites symptoms include:

  • Swelling around the bitten area
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Burning sensation
  • Tingling sensation around the wound
  • Pain around the wound
  • Red welt
  • Skin allergy

These are the common symptoms which are quite similar to the bites of any other bug, but the victim can experience severe allergic reactions and symptoms if attacked by venomous spider species. The threatening signs could be the following:

  • Numbness
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Blisters
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle cramps
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • High blood pressure
  • Swollen lymph glands
a house spider in the kitchen sink

House spider

“Spider bites’ instantly divert our minds towards spiderman, but unlike the movie fancy, spider bites don’t give us any superpowers, but they can be painful, extremely toxic, and even life-threatening.”

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Following are few of the most venomous spider species, whose bites can be lethal for humans.

Brown Recluse Spider Bites

It’s a non-aggressive spider species, but it may attack humans if trapped against their skin. If they bite, there are no signs or symptoms initially, and after almost 8 hours, the victim will start experiencing symptoms.

The symptoms of Brown Recluse’s bite are:

  • Red or purple ring around the wound
  • Blisters
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache

If remain untreated, bites by Brown Recluse can be lethal and result in following health problems:

  • Kidney failure
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Jaundice
  • Blood in Urine

No treatment is available for Brown Recluse’s bite, but as soon as you witness symptoms consult a doctor because in extreme scenarios, surgery or hospitalization will be inevitable.

a brown recluse spider on fabric material

Brown Recluse Spider

“Brown Recluse is a non-aggressive spider species, but it may attack humans if trapped against their skin.”

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Black Widow Spider Bites

Bites by female black widow are toxic and feel like just a pinprick, but the bite signs start appearing instantly. Following are the symptoms you might experience if bitten by black widow:

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • High blood pressure
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain around the wound
  • Headache
  • Numbness
  • Increased sweating and saliva

It’s better to take advice from a medical practitioner; antivenins should be taken to counter the venom in the body.

a black widow spider hanging on its web

Black Widow Spider

Hobo Spider Bites

Bites by hobo spiders go unnoticed primarily, and the early symptoms start appearing after 15 minutes which worsen with the passage of time. Initially, there will be only redness, followed by swelling and hardness of the wound. If the bites remain untreated for 24 hours, the wound will turn black, and there will be fluid discharges.

Besides these, other signs followed by hobo spider bites will be:

  • Sweating
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Blisters or red or purple color
  • Low blood cell count
  • Visual disruption
  • Aural disruption

Immediate treatment should be sought following hobo spider bites; these may include antibiotics or corticosteroids intake or in serious conditions, surgery.

a hobo spider

Hobo Spider (Photo: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)

Brazilian Wandering Spider Bites

Brazilian Wandering Spiders are one of the most poisonous spiders’ species in the world, and their bites can even cause death. Their bites are extremely painful and instantly cause swelling, redness, and rashes.

The venom these spiders inject in their victim result in drooling, heavy sweating and extreme scenarios: dead tissue and eventually death. It’s essential to take urgent medical help in case of Brazilian Wandering Spider bites.

Be wary of spiders as mentioned above, look for these symptoms and seek emergency medical help to avoid grave health issues. Unlike other insect bites, spider bites take a long time to heal, so it’s better to take care of the wound to minimize the infection.***

 

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2018-10-15T21:27:39+00:00By |Spiders|