Bitten by a Black Widow Spider Evaluation
Evaluation of a black widow spider bite begins with a history and physical examination. Without historical confirmation of a spider bite, this condition may be very difficult to detect.
Physical findings in someone with a black widow spider bite may include:
- Fang marks, redness and erect hair at the site of the bite
- High or low blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Slow heart rate
- Severe muscle spasms
- Abdominal rigidity
There are no tests that help make the diagnosis of a black widow spider bite.
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