Most varieties of spiders are so small that their bites either are not strong enough to pierce human skin or merely cause minor irritation such as red bumps or marks. Other spider bites can be venomous and truly dangerous to your health. Continue reading to learn what to do if you believe that you’ve been bitten by a poisonous spider.
Spider Bite Protocol
First, identify the bite mark. It is possible that you may not have even seen the spider biting your skin. Look for redness, bumps, welts, itching, pain, swelling or blistering on your skin. Sometimes, the bite mark can have a “bullseye” look to it, meaning there is a red ring around the raised bite mark. More severe symptoms of a spider bite is muscle aches and cramping, sweating, difficulty breathing, marks or bumps that are dark red or purple, nausea, headaches, loss of balance or swollen lymph nodes. If you have any of these, these should be taken care of seriously. Spider bites from larger spiders are different from mosquitoes or ants in that they can take longer to heal depending on the severity of the bite.
Second, you should clean the bite and the area surrounding the bite. This is especially true if you are bleeding from your bite. Bacteria can penetrate your skin and make the bite even harder to treat, so make sure to keep the area affected clean and free of constricting clothing.
After you’ve properly cleaned the bite area, you should elevate the area to reduce swelling. Additionally, you can apply an ice pack intermittently directly to the bite area. If your bite begins to itch, taking allergy medications with antihistamine like Benadryl can help. This is proper protocol for non-life threatening spider bites.
If you or someone you know that has been bitten by a spider goes into shock and exhibits symptoms such as trouble breathing, rapid heartbeat, absent heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, clammy skin, sudden nausea or fainting, dial 911 immediately and get to proper medical care. It helps to also try and identify the kind of spider that bit you if possible. If you suspect an infestation of spiders, contact Sorenson Pest Control in order to have your living space professionally evaluated and handled.