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A 35-year-old member asked:

Should i still go to work if i have black widow spider bite?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Spider bite: Depending on the location of the spider bite, if you can perform your regular functions without bothering the affected area , you can. If, however, your usual duties involve repetitive pressure and contact with the injured tissue, you should not.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
If you are not: Symptomatic - that sounds fine. Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. For severe pain.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
a person may be given narcotics or injections of muscle relaxant. In cases where there are serious underlying medical problems antivenin may be used.
Jan 22, 2014

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Would black widow spider bite go away on its own in time ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Some do.: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the are of the bite. Or there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If pain is significant or you have generalized body symptoms- seek medical care. For severe symptoms call 911. For severe pain a person may be given narcotic.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
or injections of muscle relaxant. In cases where there are serious underlying medical problems antivenin may be used.
Jan 22, 2014
A 35-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of a black widow spider bite.?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Be seen: Poisonous spider bites generally cause a painful ulcerated area within hours of the bite. If he suspects a black widow or brown recluse spider bite, he should be seen.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there things I can do for black widow spider bite at home?

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Dr. Omega Edwards
Infectious Disease 20 years experience
Sure it's a bite?: An infection with methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA) can also look like a spider bite. We call this type of skin infection "spider bite syndrome". I think you should go see your doctor.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How should I treat black widow spider bite?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
A Verified Doctoranswered
21 years experience
Local care: The majority of patients who experience a widow spider bite require only local care of the lesion. Patients with severe envenomations could require supportive care and monitoring for complications. General measures following a bite including cleaning the area with soap and water and oral pain meds. Treatment of muscle spasm and tetanus prophylaxis may be indicated as well.
A 23-year-old member asked:

What's the significance of black widow spider bite?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Painful muscle spasm: [from dynamed] symptoms of black widow spider bite include muscle rigidity, spasms, muscle cramping, abdominal pain, fever, leukocytosis, dizziness, weakness, thirst, nausea, hypertension, irritability, sometimes shock. Rarely fatal in young kids but often resolves without treatment. Found in dark, damp places, these spiders can be very aggressive if handled and should be given a wide berth!
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Dry storage units are another site favored by these creatures so be cautious when rummaging thru these dark units.
Mar 8, 2012

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