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Spider Bites: How to Identify, Treat And Prevent it

How to Identify, Treat And Prevent Spider Bites

Spider Bites

We often popped into spiders accidentally in as much as spiders bites appear not to be dangerous some species of spiders such as black widow and brown recluse pose a more serious threat.

These species of spiders use a kind of venom that courses pain and paralyses their prey.

Most spiders are relatively harmless to man, but some types are dangerous, particularly to young children.

Venom from a spider bites may effects nerve endings, causing weakness dizziness, and nausea. Breathing may become difficult, and the patient may even go into shock.

Convulsions may sometimes occur in small children following a spider bite. Black widow bites are the most serious. Children under 16 and people older than 60 may need hospitalization for proper treatment.


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Symptoms of a Spider Bites

  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling or redness around the bite
  • Joint stiffness or pain
  • Headaches
  • Rash in the body
  • Fever, chills, and body aches
  • Profuse sweating
  • Stiffness and belly pain
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Swallowing and speech difficulty
  • Chest tightness, wheezing


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What to Do After a Spiders Bites

  • Clean the spider bites area with warm water and soap.
  • Put an ice pack or a cool wet cloth on the bite area to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Elevate the bite area.
  • You can take antihistamine (allergy medicine) to ease itching and swelling in case of a spider bites.
  • You can take over-the-counter pain reliever to ease the pain and swelling.
  • For more severe symptoms seek immediate medical help.


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How to Prevent Spider Bites in Your Environment

  • Avoid woodpiles, sheds and stockpiles of materials
  • Always clean cobwebs around your bedrooms
  • Always wear long sleeves, hat with safety boots, hand gloves and long trousers when working around firewood, rocks and lumber.
  • Always inspect firewood for spiders before bringing it into the house.
  • Educate your children about the dangers of spider bites
  • Shake your shoes, hats and gloves to check for spiders before putting them on.
  • Use DDT to spray the areas where spiders spin their webs. This will destroy the spiders and also the insects which they feed on.

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