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Spider Bites: All You Need To Know


Many people are afraid of spiders even though we know that the majority of them are quite harmless. Most of them can’t even bite humans and if they can, in most cases it’s quite harmless. However, those of us who are scared of them just can’t help but be freaked out at the sight of a spider. And it makes sense. They look creepy. Those little round bodies surrounded by 8 long legs – it’s not a pretty sight. But the first step to fixing a problem is to admit that you have it. So if you’re afraid of spiders, just admit it. After that, all you can do is learn more about them. Today we’re going to talk about spider bites.

What Do Spider Bites Look Like?

Most spider bites look like any common bug bite – it’s just a little red bump. In the majority of cases that’s the worst, it will get. You might get a little bit of itchiness and maybe some swelling. Unless you’ve been bitten by some highly venomous spider in Australia.

How To Treat Spider Bites?

Most spider bites are harmless and don’t require any treatment. Even if you do experience something like nausea and muscle cramps – in most cases these symptoms will pass on their own and won’t require any treatment apart from disinfecting the bite. However, if you see massive swelling and blistering you should go do the hospital to receive treatment.

What To Do For Spider Bites?

Since you don’t really need any special treatment for spider bites you can just treat the symptoms. You can elevate the limb that’s been bitten to make the swelling go down. Putting an ice-pack on the bite site might help lessen the pain. You can also take an antihistamine to help relieve the itching.

How Long Do Spider Bites Last?

The reaction to a spider bite like pain or itchiness and swelling usually doesn’t last more than 2 days. And the bite itself will heal in a week. Unless you’ve been bitten by the brown recluse, in which case the skin at the center of the bite can turn blue and forms an ulcer. That can take months to fully heal.

How To Get Rid Of Spider Bites?

You can’t really get rid of a spider bite. If it’s a harmless spider that bit you, it will be hardly noticeable, to begin with, and if it’s a venomous one you just have to wait for the symptoms to go away and the wound to heal. But the good news is that spiders are really unlikely to bite and the vast majority of them are literally unable to puncture your skin.

How Long Do Spider Bites Take To Heal?

As we’ve mentioned above the healing time varies on the kind of spider. Most will heal within a couple of days or a week maximum. Others, more venomous ones can take a couple of weeks to a couple of months. It also depends on your reaction. If you’re allergic it might take longer for the wound to heal.

What To Do With Spider Bites?

If it doesn’t look like a venomous spider and the bite doesn’t cause you any breathing problems – just leave it be, it’ll heal on its own. You can just apply antibacterial ointment for good measure. If the bite is causing a severe reaction like muscle cramps, chest pain and fever – it’s best to go to a hospital so you can be given the treatment you might require.