She is also known and feared for her bite and venom. This type of spider bite, might not be deadly, in fact black widow bite death is under 1%, but can be quite painful and should be treated as soon as possible. They aren’t especially aggressive but the black widow bites back if she feels she might be in danger.
The Black Widow is one of the worlds most known and feared spiders. She is particularly known for the red hourglass marking on her abdomen and most of all because of the fact that they, on occasion, eat their mates after reproduction.
Black Widows are pretty common in the southern United States and so are black widow spider bites. These spiders enjoy hiding in dark and humid places, like garages and sheds, and their webs can usually be found on low places near the ground. Because of this, one can easily get bitten, without even seeing the spider before the attack. Many people only realize they have been bitten when they start to suffer from the black widow bite syptoms.
Have a look at the black widow spider bite pictures. As you can see from our black widow spider bite photos, the bite itself is very small and, while it most often feels like a small sting, it can be painless.
Symptoms of black widow bite
The first black widow spider bite symptom is just a little swelling. Over a short period of time the pain increases as the venom, which is a neurotoxin, flows through the body until it concentrates in the abdomen. The other black widow spider bite symptoms include acute abdominal pain, fever, nausea, chills, vomiting and perspiration. In extreme cases, there can be convulsions and loss of consciousness.
Black widow spider bite treatment
First of all, and let’s be clear about this, seek immediate medical attention because a this type of spider bite might require a special anti-venom medication. The black widow bite healing time is not long but the treatment requires special attention.
Treating black widow bite
Still there are some things that can be done immediately after a bite to slow the poisoning process.
The first thing to do, is to clean the wound with water and soap. The second step is to delay the spreading of the venom. Apply a cloth filled with ice over the bite.
Most bites won’t be particularly dangerous but still they can’t be neglected, especially if the victim is very young or old. The black widow bite symptoms can be very severe, when they affect those that are more fragile but the black widow bite treatment can be very effective, especially if done quickly after a bite.
By Diogo Gabriel Mourato
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