As people get outside more this time of year, interaction with nature is a foregone conclusion and bug bites become all too common. Unfortunately, that also means there is increased potential for a spider bite as well.
What are the Symptoms of a Poisonous Spider Bite?
While most cringe at the thought of having contact with a spider, only a few arachnids are poisonous to humans. Yet, those venomous spider bites can cause a number of health issues so it is important to know spider bite symptoms in humans point to that of a poisonous spider.
Poisonous spider bite symptoms include:
- Significant pain or swelling around the bite mark
- Burning or itching sensation
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Excessive sweating or cold chills
- Body aches
- Shortness of breath
The black widow and brown recluse are the most well-known venomous spiders, and while neither are inherently deadly to humans, associated spider venom symptoms from either can cause significant health issues and could be fatal to young children or the elderly, depending on one’s reaction to the venom. It is important to take caution in wooded areas or in cool, dark places that might be prone to spiders of any kind to avoid contact altogether and if you suspect you may have been bitten by a poisonous spider, seek medical attention immediately or call 9-1-1.
When to Seek Medical Attention for a Spider Bite
If you or a loved one notice any of the above symptoms of a poisonous spider bite, it’s important to be vigilant and act quickly. Seek prompt medical care if:
- You are unsure or suspect the bite may have been from a poisonous spider
- The bite victim experiences severe pain, abdominal cramping, or a growing ulcer at the site of the bite
- The person begins to have trouble breathing
If you haven’t had a tetanus booster in the last five years, your doctor may recommend one.
Learn More About Seeking Urgent Medical Attention from Baptist Health
Poisonous spider bites can be especially dangerous in children and others who may be allergic. If you experience the mentioned symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately by calling 9-1-1 or find a Baptist Health urgent care near you.
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