Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Incidence Symptoms allergic reaction Evaluation Treatment Home Care warning signs Outlook Complications Underlying Cause

Tarantula Bites Overview

What are tarantula bites?
A person with a tarantula bite has an injury to the skin that may contain venom. The venom is rarely toxic to humans, but in rare cases, it may cause skin damage or an allergic reaction.

What are the symptoms of tarantula bites?
Symptoms of tarantula bites include mild pain, skin swelling, and skin redness around the bite.

How does the doctor treat tarantula bites?
Treatment for a tarantula bite may include wound care, cold compresses, oral antihistamines for itching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

Continue to Tarantula Bites Incidence

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Tarantula Bites References
  1. Hawdon GM, Winkel KD. Spider bite. A rational approach. Aust Fam Physician. 1997 Dec;26(12):1380-5. [9470291]
  2. Waggoner TL, Nishimoto JH, Eng J. Eye injury from tarantula. J Am Optom Assoc. 1997 Mar;68(3):188-90. [9109297]
  3. Watts P, Mcpherson R, Hawksworth NR. Tarantula keratouveitis. Cornea. 2000 May;19(3):393-4. [10832706]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.