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How To Treat Spider Bites

Updated on March 19, 2012

How To Treat Spider Bites

All spiders inject venom when they bite. However, only a few spiders can harm humans, such as the black widow. Young children and elderly are particularly at risk. This article will teach you how to identify symptoms of a serious spider bite and how to treat spider bites..

Types of Spiders

Black Widow Spider

Brown Reclusive Spider

Cellar Spider

Crab Spider

Domestic House Spider

Funnelweb Spider

Garden Spider

Ground Spider

Hobo Spider

House Spider

Jumping Spider


Wolf Spider

Yellow Sac Spider

How to Treat Spider Bites

1. To identify a spider bite, look at the bite to see if redness and swelling has occurred.

2. Ask the bite victim if they feel nausea, have muscle cramps, a fever, chills, or have difficulty breathing. If the answer is yes, seek medical attention. If possible, bring the spider with you for identification.

3. Keep the bitten area lower than the heart.

4. To disinfect, wash the spider bite with soap and water.

5. Apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the bite. Don't apply the ice directly on the skin. Wrap the ice in a towel or place in a plastic bag first.

6. To relieve the pain, apply a paste of water and baking soda to the bite.

Camel Spider

Camel Spider
Camel Spider

About Camel Spiders

Did you know that a Camel Spider is not really a spider at all? They are name "camel spiders" simply because they are found in the dessert. There are about 900 species of camel spiders. Around 50 species of camel spiders are found in southwest US.

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Black Widow Spider

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider

Can a Black Widow Kill You?

Yes, a (female) black widow can kill you. However, black widows don't always inject venom into the bloodstream and when they do it is such a small amount that your immune system easily gets rid of it so you might only suffer a mild headache. This amount of venom has the potential to kill a infant, elderly or unhealthy person though.

Reports indicate human mortality at well less than 1% from black widow spider bites. .

Symptoms of a Black Widow Spider Bite:

Local pain, redness, burning and swelling at bite site

Abdominal pain that is similar to appendicitis

Localized or generalized muscle cramps (stomach, shoulders and back)


Rash and itching


Eyelid swelling

Tearing of the eyes

Weakness, tremors or paralysis (especially in the legs)

Nausea and/or Vomiting

Dizziness and/or Fainting

Chest pain similar to a heart attack

Respiratory difficulties

High blood pressure

Medical Attention:

If you experience any of these symptoms due to a Black Widow Spider bite, see medical attention. Try to collect the spider specimen in a jar, even it you killed or crushed it, and take it with you so that it can be examined by a spider expert.

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Crab Spider

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Brown Spider

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    • jadehorseshoe profile image

      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      GREAT Lens!

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      icangelabevan 6 years ago

      That video about the camel spider is crazy!!!! thanks for sharing!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Good information to know and good photos.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel and added to The Best Insect Pages on Squidoo.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      how to treat info is very important. nice photo collection.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      The camel spider totally grossed me out. Urgh!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      We have loads of those brown spiders in the sandy area that I live in. They seem to like the pine trees and sandy soil. I do know people who have been bit and had to go to the doctor. Not fun.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Nicely done. Great types on spider bites and some great photos too.