Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider Bites

Spider Bites

Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spider Bites – Spider is an animal which almost everyone hates on the planet. It has a scary appearance which frightened people, although not everyone despises spiders. In movie realm, spider becomes one of the most fancied superheroes too. In the movie, when the person receives spider bites, he turns into a spider-man. Don’t be excited now, because in reality the bites are painful and won’t make you a superhero. Here is how to identify the bites and conduct a first-aid!


General overview of spider bites

Spider Bites
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There are two types of bites: the harmless and the severely harmful to human skin. According to scientific research, the bites of spiders are mostly harmless. Sometimes, the bites can be mistaken as other bugs’ bites due to the insignificant of the bites.

This is showing that the bites of ordinary spiders will not cause human a severe damage to the skin. However, there are also types of spiders which grow long fangs and produce strong venom. Two of the most popular ‘dangerous’ spiders can be found in the United States. They are the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider. The bites caused by the black widow are painful and causing abdominal pain or as we know it as severe cramping, while the brown recluse’ bites can cause similar pain like a bee sting. Read: Cellar Spider


Symptoms of black widow and brown recluse bites

The common symptoms which often occur when someone is getting bitten by spiders are the appearance of red, inflamed spot which is itchy and a little painful when being touched. These typical symptoms usually disappear after a while. However, in the case of black widow and brown recluse spiders, the symptoms are a bit different. Here it is:


Black widow bites

The spider bites of this kind cause three common signs. Those signs are a pain, cramping, and sweating. Since the size of this spider is about 1.5 inches long (female), the bites cause severe pain on the bitten spot. The worst is that the pain spread from the red spot to the other area such as abdominal, chest and back. When the pain or venom reaches an abdominal area, it arouses severe cramping which it is sometimes mistaken for appendicitis. Then, the severe pain and the body’s effort to fight back lead the victim to experience intense sweating. To see how dangerous and venomous they can be, a research conducted by National Geographic said that black widow spiders’ venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s venom.


Brown recluse bites

If the bites associated with the former spider increase during the first hour after the bite, in the case of brown recluse spider bites, it is during the first eight hours. During that time, the symptoms are increasing and worsening. The signs are fever, chills, body aches and more to name. Brown recluse and black widow are two very dangerous spiders which have been associated with a death before, which is why, the danger of the bites, should not be disregarded.

As it is known, the bitten spot will turn dark blue or purple. As the time goes by, the purple-ish spot changes into a deep open sore which keeps enlarging because the skin around the spot dies. Even though it will stop enlarging after ten days, the entire process of healing takes months. Read: Camel Spider Facts

Those are the symptoms of two of the most dangerous and venomous spiders on earth, which most likely to be found in the United States. Knowing that they are dangerous and won’t make you a spider-man, you should not provoke or threaten them. If any of the two ever happen to you, it is highly suggested to see a doctor immediately.

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