I think that the only “wanted” occurrence of a spider bite is the one that would turn us into a superhero. Because the venomous bite of real-world spiders does not leave us with crime fighting powers like Spider-Man, we have to be prepared to ward off the sometimes-deadly effects. As spider bites can lead to serious medical complications, please use your best judgment during self-treatment and as soon as possible, seek professional medical attention.
A large percentage of spider bites are harmless, however, much care must be taken in determining the type of spider that has bitten you and the diagnosis of your bite symptoms.
Even though around 99% of all the worlds spiders’ bites are not harmful, there are four particular genuses of spiders that can inflict potentially deadly bites. That being said, almost ALL of the United States’ spider population is venomous in some way or degree.
Along with the normal venom complications, a bite victim might also experience complications from bacterium or infectious disease. Venom normally attacks either a victims surrounding tissues (around the bite wound) or the victims nervous systems.
Spiders that have Venom that Works on the Nervous System:
This list by no means details the complete listing of known venomous spiders, I would suggest further research in order to establish potential spider dangers in your area or particular region.
Black Widow Spider – potentially lethal bite.
Funnel-Web Spider- fangs can penetrate both soft shoes and fingernails.
Mouse Spiders- range throughout the country of Australia.
Brazilian Wandering Spiders- also known as the Banana Spider.
Spider Bite Emergency Diagnosis Tip:
If at all possible, bring the spider remains with you to the emergency room, in order to get a proper and speedy diagnosis. The sooner the medical professionals are able to identify your spider attacker, the faster they can recommend and administer potentially limb or life saving antivenin.
Non lethal spider bites may resolve themselves within a seven days, however, great care should be taken to hinder any further complications.
1.Carefully catch the spider to assist in its identity confirmation.
2.Clean the wound gently with warm soapy water. Rubbing alcohol can be substituted for soap and water.
3.Take care of the spider bite as if it were a minor wound. Keep tabs or notes, in case complications occur. Remember, a main tool in your speedy and safe recovery is to keep watch on ANY wounds or any changes in those wounds.
If the bite victim is experiencing any pain from the bite, placing an ice pack over the area may reduce discomfort.
Be sure to check the bite/accident victim for Airway restrictions, breathing, circulation and hemorrhage. This is something that should be done for ALL medical emergencies, not only spider bites.
4. If the bite is believed to be from a potentially deadly/venomous spider, seek prompt emergency medical attention.
Best Prevention against Spider Bites:
Avoid dark or wet areas. Avoid wooded areas. Wear long, cuffed clothing. If you need to access the aforementioned areas. Inspect clothing and gear after you leave a possible spider infected area, make sure that you do this “before” you enter your home or car. There is no reason to infect “clean” areas. Invest in good quality bug sprays and deterrents.