Can A Simple Spider Bite Kill You? What To Do If One Bites You, And How To Prevent It

Date August 30, 2018

It's not uncommon for people to die after a spider bite. For example, a 60-year-old woman in Zimbabwe passed away less than 24 hours after being bitten by a dangerous insect. Although not every spider bite can result in death, some are severe enough for a person to require an operation or a long antibiotics course.

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The danger is real, and we all should know how to recognize a spider bite, what to do in such a situation, and, ideally, how to prevent it from happening overall.

What to do if a spider bites you or your child

First of all, you need to be able to identify a spider bite, since they often look like regular bug bites. Here are the most common symptoms to look out for:

1. Swelling of the skin.

2. Itchiness or tingling around the bite.

3. Numbing in the bitten area.

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Some spiders' bites might cause a more severe reaction, which includes:

1. Muscle spasm.

2. Intense pain from the bite.

3. Fever and joint pain.

4. Stomach pain and nausea.

5. Difficulty breathing.

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Second of all, you need to get medical help, because it's dangerous to hope that the bite will go away by itself. Better to be safe than sorry.

How to prevent a spider bite

The best thing you can do to protect your family from spiders is to secure your home. Here's what you can do:

1. Keep spider repellent around and spray cracks in your home.

2. Citrus smell can drive spiders away, so keep oranges and lemons around the house.

3. Get rid of the clutter.

4. Clean your house regularly.

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5. Remove webs if you find any.

6. Secure any cracks in your walls or windows.

We hope these tips can help your family stay safe from spiders and avoid a dangerous situation. Stay safe!

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.