Bitten by a Black Widow Spider Overview
Another name for Bitten by a Black Widow Spider is Black Widow Spider Bite.
What is a black widow spider bite?
A person with a black widow spider bite has an injury to the skin that may, or may not, contain venom. Black widow spiders are the most venomous spiders found in the US. This spider is jet black with a red hourglass shape on the underside.
What are the symptoms of a black widow spider bite?
Common symptoms of a black widow spider bite include burning pain and swelling at the site of the bite. Other symptoms include muscle spasms, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, nausea, and severe muscle cramps.
How does the doctor treat a black widow spider bite?
Treatment for a black widow spider bite includes local wound cleansing, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment may include muscle relaxants, black widow spider antivenin, and tetanus vaccination.
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