By Josie  March 21st, 2023

Symptoms and Treatments

Black Widow Bite

Even if you don't suffer from arachnophobia you are probably weary of suffering from a black widow bite.

Let's learn how to handle it:

The female spider’s potent venom causes a black widow bite, which is composed of neurotoxins.

What Causes a Black Widow Bite?

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.

Symptoms of a Black Widow Bite

- Nausea - Vomiting - Fever - Muscle cramps or spasms - Headaches - Increased blood pressure - Breathing difficulties

Other Symptoms

Victims may suffer anaphylactic shock due to an allergic reaction.

In rare cases, people suffer seized muscles or cardiac arrest.

Worst Case Scenario

Other than physical symptoms, black widow bites may cause psychological effects such as anxiety or paranoia.

Psychological effects

When antivenom is unnecessary, medications such as ibuprofen may help with pain management.

Treatment of Black Widow Bites

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.

Treatment for Serious Cases

#1 Cover up when working outdoors.

Prevention of Black Widow Bites

#2 Inspect outdoor items before use.

#3 Clean up debris in your yard (especially wood.)

Keep exploring the world of spiders!

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