By Josie March 21st, 2023
Even if you don't suffer from arachnophobia you are probably weary of suffering from a black widow bite.
The female spider’s potent venom causes a black widow bite, which is composed of neurotoxins.
The severity of the symptoms depends on several factors.
These include the age and health of the individual bitten, and how much venom was injected.
Generally, the bite will cause sharp pain in the affected area, which may be accompanied by local swelling and redness.
- Nausea - Vomiting - Fever - Muscle cramps or spasms - Headaches - Increased blood pressure - Breathing difficulties
Victims may suffer anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction.
In rare cases, people suffer seized muscles or cardiac arrest.
Other than physical symptoms, black widow bites may cause psychological effects such as anxiety or paranoia.
When antivenom is unnecessary, medications such as ibuprofen may help with pain management.
Local anesthetic cream to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and relieve discomfort.
If antivenom treatment is required for more severe symptoms, it must be administered within 4 hours of being bitten.
If possible, catch or photograph the spider to aid in identification.
#1 Cover up when working outdoors.
#2 Inspect outdoor items before use.
#3 Clean up debris in your yard (especially wood.)