This type of spider bite is not deadly, but can cause some tissue damage.
Wolf spiders are commonly found in Australia and Arizona. Wolf spiders are called “wolf” spiders because they have been believed to hunt in groups. They are also called “the ground spider” or “the hunting spider”. A wolf spider doesn’t make a web to catch food, it actually hunts its prey.
This type of spider is often found inside homes during the winter months, this is because the spider is looking for a warm place to stay.
This spider is not aggressive and will only attack when taunted or when it is pressed up against something.
What does a wolf spider look like?
- Stripes on their backs, its about two inches in length or smaller, brown or gray in color, hairy with four small eyes, with two large eyes on top of these and then two medium size eyes on top of those.
Symptoms of wolf spider bites
Have a look at the wolf spider bite picture of symptoms
- Bites cause pain, red swelling, itchiness and tenderness.
- Large holes where the spider bit, this is from the large fangs.
- Some people may experience nausea or dizziness. (see your doctor immediately)
- Lymph nodes may swell
- The skin may change color, sometimes even black discoloration
- Symptoms usually only last 10 days
- Tissue degeneration in severe cases, but this is very scarce with a wolf spider bite.
- A cold compress can alleviate swelling and some pain.
- You can ask your doctor for medication that will help with itching such as diphenhydramine
- Take some painkillers
- Do not try to cut the infected flesh out, this could cause more infection.
- Wash the wound with an antibacterial soap for treatment of a wolf spider bite.
- Antibacterial ointment can be applied to the wound to prevent spreading.
- Elevate the wound
- See your doctor immediately with any spider bite suspicion.
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