Spider Bite Treatment

Bites and Stings: Spider Bite

These are two of the most dangerous spiders in Australia. Please use due diligence and research the spiders that are native to your own country or area.

Note

If severe symptoms are present Seek Medical Attention Immediately 

 

General Symptoms of Spider Bite

  • Pain at bite site
  • Sweating profusely
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

 

Funnel Web Spider Bite

spider bite

 

General Symptoms and/or

  • Difficulty in breathing
    • Numbness around the mouth and lips
    • Excessive fluid secretions from the body e.g. saliva, tears
    • Joint pain and severe muscle spasms
    • Disorientation
    • Fast pulse
    • Confusion
    • Unconsciousness

Treatment

  • DRSABCD
    • Calm the patient and lay them down
    • If the bite is on a limb apply a pressure bandage as soon as possible

 

The Pressure Bandage

spider bites pressure bandage

Use a wide crepe or elasticised bandage and start just above the fingers or toes on the affected limb. Firmly wrap as far as you can up the limb including the bite. Mark the bandage above the bite site and note the time

 

Note
Don’t bandage too tight, ensure there is still blood flow in the limb (if the limb is very pale or numb, loosen the bandage)

 

General Symptoms of Spider Bite

• Pain at bite site
• Sweating profusely
• Nausea and vomiting
• Abdominal pain

 

Red-back Spider Bite

spider bite red back spider

 

General symptoms and/or

  • Increasing pain at the bite site which may spread
  • Muscular weakness
  • Headache
  • Loss of coordination
  • Convulsions (in serious cases)

 

Treatment

  • Apply an ice pack to help reduce the pain and swelling
  • If more severe symptoms are experienced seek medical attention

 

Note

Do Not Use a Pressure Immobilization Bandage for a red-back spider bite

 

Other Spider Bites

spider bites other spiders image

 

  • Pain at bite site
  • Sweating profusely
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain

 

Treatment

  • Wash the bite with soap and water
  • If severe symptoms are experienced seek medical advice


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