Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Spiders, spiders everywhere

This post from a friend and the fact that we found a huge spider (unknown type) nesting near the potty in the bathroom this morning, I thought I'd share some spider bite first aid tips I learned a few years ago while working on a client project:

  • Only two types of spiders in the United States are poisonous to humans: the black widow and brown recluse.
  • Brown recluse spider bites are the most dangerous, and should be treated immediately. Watch for itching, tingling, redness and pain at the site and for a lesion to form within an hour or two. Symptons may progress to include fever, chills, headache and stromach problems. Later, bleeding disorders, kidney failure or major organ failure may occur.
  • Symptoms of a black widow bite usually occur within 30 minutes to two hours. They include severe back pain, muscle cramps, rigidity of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, sweating, restlessness and, in some cases, elevated blood pressure. Seek medical help if any of these occur.
  • Other spider bites can be treated at home. First, clean the bite with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection. You can also use hydrocortisone cream to reduce inflammation, antihistamines to control severe swelling and analgesics for pain. Contact a doctor if the area becomes infected and to see if the bite victim needs a tetanus booster.

Source: American Red Cross

Having just seen Charlotte's Web last week, I was thinking spiders were kinda cute. But the visitor in our bathroom changed my mind. Spiders, particularly black widows and brown recluses, can be very dangerous to kids and adults. You can learn more about spider bites and treatments here. It's spine-tingling but necessary reading.


  1. This if great info. My friend was bit by a brown recluse and was in the hospital for 3 days. It was very serious.

  2. I just found a huge spider yesterday morning in my kitchen. Seriously he was probably 3-4 inches in diameter. It made my husband say..."oh wow!". In our silent (not at the church) vows, he promised to get all the spiders. My hero.