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How are black widow spider bites treated in ER for patients with medical conditions?

How are black widow spider bites treated in ER for patients with medical conditions?

Black widow bites.: For severe pain a person may be given narcotics or injections of muscle relaxant. In cases where there are serious underlying medical problems Antivenin may be used. ...Read more

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I went camping and got a few bites, some of which blistered. 1 bite has a dark almost black center. 1 is leaking a yellow liquid. Spider bites?

I went camping and got a few bites, some of which blistered. 1 bite has a dark almost black center.  1 is leaking a yellow liquid.  Spider bites?

Possibly: Given what you are describing sounds like an infection and especially with the black center, do see your physician, let him examine you and possibly take a culture and treat you appropriately. Also check that the black center is not a tick. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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How dangerous are black widow spider bites? I have heard they are over exaggerated.

How dangerous are black widow spider bites? I have heard they are over exaggerated.

Varies: Although serious, a black widow bite is rarely lethal.Spider has red hourglass marking on its belly. Bite like a pinprick. Many times not noticed at first slight swelling and faint red marks, in few hours, intense pain and stiffness begin. Other signs and symptoms include: chills, fever, nausea and vomiting and severe abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Is their a greater risk of death if a black wideow spider bites me on the neck in my artery than in a place with no artery?

Is their a greater risk of death if a black wideow spider bites me on the neck in my artery than in a place with no artery?

Circulation: Black widow spider bites can cause localized pain. This can lead to cramping of muscles in the area of the bite. Or in more serious cases there can be generalized cramping of muscles, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest pain, difficulty breathing and tremor. If venom goes directly into an artery that is likely to have a worse outcome then a bite which doesn't connect with a blood vessel. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Clean bite with soap and water
once
Apply ice pack
once
Elevate and rest affected body part
once
For discomfort, use oral Benadryl or hydrocortisone cream
once
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Can you die from spider bites?

Can you die from spider bites?

Not usually - but: possible if allergic. A black widow bite can cause pain that spreads to chest, abdomen or back which may be associated with abdominal cramping. There may be intense sweating near the wound or involving an effected extremity. Brown recluse spider's bite can cause no reaction, a mild reaction, an immediate or a delayed reaction. With a significant reaction a which blister appears after bit. The > ...Read more

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What kind of spider bites should I be concerned about?

What kind of spider bites should I be concerned about?

In US - 2 of: significance are black widow & brown recluse. ...Read more

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Whats the big deal about spider bites?

According to who ?: Not sure what or who's big deal your referring to. Some spiders have venom and their bites can cause infection and severe inflammation. Most spiders are non venomous. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of spider bites and are they dangerous?

What are the symptoms of spider bites and are they dangerous?

Depends: This depends on the type of spider bite and ranges from simple wound care and cleaning to Antivenin administration for latrodectus (black widow) bites to surgical debridement for an extending severely necrotic loxoceles) recluse genus) bite. ...Read more

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