|Black Widow Spider, marked by the hourglass on it’s back.|
|Brown Recluse, most common in the Southern states.|
According to the Mayo Clinic, the two most common bites are brown recluse and black widow. Here are their recommendations:
- Cleanse the wound. Use soap and water to clean the wound and skin around the spider bite.
- Slow the venom’s spread. If the spider bite is on an arm or a leg, tie a snug bandage above the bite and elevate the limb to help slow or halt the venom’s spread. Ensure that the bandage is not so tight that it cuts off circulation in your arm or leg.
- Use a cold cloth at the spider bite location. Apply a cloth dampened with cold water or filled with ice.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Treatment for the bite of a black widow may require an anti-venom medication. Doctors may treat a brown recluse spider bite with various medications.
Originally posted 2012-04-26 15:53:00.