There are ONLY three types of potentially deadly spiders in the U.S.A.:
Brown Recluse Spider
Black Widow Spider
The brown recluse spider is found in the southern two-thirds of the country. It likes to hide in boxes, books, and other hard to reach places. A brown recluse spider bite gives a slight sting if any. Most of the time you feel nothing. They hide in or under boxes, under your bed sheets, in your clothes. The first you know about being bitten is the pain you feel several minutes to hours after the bite.
Although You may not know when it bites you, the bite area will become red, blistered, or black. The bite mark starts out small, then redness spreads. A black spot of dead tissue develops in the middle of the redness. This dead tissue can be anything from small to deep and sometimes large.. enough to warrant a skin graft after healing.
The hobo spider likes the habitat out west. A hobo spider’s bite feels similar to that of a brown recluse, and pain also occurs minutes to hours after the bite. The hobo spider can cause skin damage, but less so than the brown recluse.
The black widow spider bite causes a red spot that is sometimes hard to see. While you may not see the bite mark, other symptoms will be much more obvious. It can cause plenty of muscle aches and cramping throughout the body for one to three weeks. The black widow has been found in every state except Alaska.
If you think you have been bitten by one of these spiders:
Seek immediate emergency care or call 911
Keep the wound cool and slow your breathing. This will help slow the venom’s spread. Apply ice, and keep the area at heart level or above.
Even though bites are rarely fatal, infection can easily occur and spread rapidly. Do everything possible to prevent infection, including seeking immediate medical treatment.
The good news is that thanks to anti-venom, it’s extremely rare to die from a spider bite and those that do are typically caused by an allergic reaction or a severe secondary infection.
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