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Spider Bite Symptoms You Should Know

October 26th, 2017 by Mike MacDonald in Pest Control Services, Spiders

Some common questions people want to know are: What are spider bite symptoms? Is this a spider bite? What spider bit me? This post answers these questions and can help guide you with what to do if you think you were bit by a spider.

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The first thing to understand about spider bites is that most of the time what you think is a spider bite most likely isn’t one

One thing to understand is for the most part, spiders very rarely bite people. Many people see some kind of bump or mark on their skin and immediately start to assume it is a spider bite, however in reality it usually isn’t.

Most spiders are actually a “live and let live” sort of creature and they don’t really bother people for the most part. Certainly spiders can be creepy for a lot of people, but rarely are they ever aggressive or bite humans. Spiders attack things that they want to eat. Even though we have a tendency to overload our plates with more we than we can fit in our stomachs, spiders are not likely to make the same mistake…especially to such a grand scale. A spider thinking it could consume even a small child is the equivalent of one of us thinking we need to pull a whole elephant out of the buffet for our lunch plate.

Many spiders actually don’t even have strong enough fangs to pierce human skin, nor is their venom strong enough to do much damage to humans. Usually, a spider’s bite is venomous to their prey, but when you scale things up to a human size, it might just be a small itch, or some minor pain or swelling.

In many cases, something that you think might be a spider bite or that looks like spider bite symptoms, aren’t actually spider bite symptoms. It could be a skin issue, allergy, pimple, ingrown hair, bed sores, or sometimes even cancer.

We really recommend reaching out to a doctor if you do have any skin issues or other things you may think are spider bite symptoms as a pest control service can do little to identify what pest problem you may have from a “bite” alone, nor would they have any type of medical advice or treatments they could give you.

Just recently we helped a mother who was sure that her child had been bitten by a spider because of a pair of puncture marks that were perfectly sized for a spider. An inspection of the room showed no spider hanging out and the swelling and heat indicated some type of infection. She heeded our advice and sought medical attention. She found out it was some type of infection and the child was started on shots and antibiotics as needed.

If you really do have a spider bite, here are 8 spider bite symptoms you can expect to see

Again depending on where you live the chances of running into a highly dangerous spider in your home rarely happens, but if it were to happen, here are a few things you should look out for as possible spider bite symptoms.

1. Headache: Your body does what it can to try and fight off the incoming spider bite venom, unfortunately this causes more blood to flow to the area of the bite as a defense mechanism which also takes blood away from your head which can cause a headache. As the venom flows through your body, it can also go into your brain causing head pain as well.

2. Fever: Depending on how venomous the spider was that bit you, it could cause mild itching on up to causing a fever as your body tries to neutralize the venom in your blood.

3. Itchiness and bite marks: Again, in most cases, spiders that rarely would bite you more often than not are not the dangerous or deadly spiders you may have heard about. In these cases, the bite could cause redness and bite marks as well as cause itchiness as your body fights off the mild venom.

4. Burning and pain: Similar to itchiness and redness of bite marks, a burning sensation may occur as well as a potential spider bite symptom. Again, this is usually rare, and if you are experiencing this, be sure to seek immediate medical attention as the bite could turn into something serious.

5. Nausea: In some cases this could happen as your body isn’t quite sure what is causing the problem. In an attempt to rid your body of any possible harmful things you may have ingested, it can cause vomiting to get rid of any potential threats. Unfortunately, this really won’t do much to neutralize anything if you really were injected with spider venom from a dangerous spider bite.

6. Joint pain and Stiff Joints: Depending on the kind of venom that was in the spider bite, another spider bite symptom can be achy and stiff joints. Various kinds of spider venom can cause paralysis in their prey and this is a mild form of that, which can occur in humans because of their larger size.

7. Large Blisters: Another spider bite symptom that could potentially occur around the spider bite could be large swelling and blisters forming around it.

8. Increased sweating: Sometimes your body will also start to produce excess sweat in conjunction with a fever as part of trying to rid the body of the poison.

Overall, these symptoms are from a few potentially dangerous spider bites, but in most cases, spider bite symptoms will likely be in the range of mild pain to itchiness and mild swelling.  As we stated above, most of the time, the things you think are a spider bite aren’t actually a bite at all, unless you actually saw the spider bite you, it probably isn’t a spider bite you are dealing with.

This is why we recommend any symptoms that you either know for sure are from a spider bite or think may be, to immediately seek out medical attention if the symptoms are severe. Mild symptoms like redness, itchiness, mild pain, or mild swelling, should go away after a few days, but again if they don’t seek out medical attention. Any time you are dealing with swelling, it is helpful to draw marks on the skin to indicate the current borders of different coloration and swelling so it can be monitored for spreading or diminishing effects.

If you have excess spiders in your home, a major concern shouldn’t be that they will bite you, but more so that you probably have other pest issues you aren’t seeing. Spiders only feed on other pests and insects so the reason they are in your home is that you have an ample food source for them.

If you would like to have your home treated for spiders, you can reach out to a pest control service like Rove Pest Control for all your pest control needs.

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