What is Black Widow Spider Bite
A bite from a black widow spider can be serious or life-threatening. Black widow spiders have a black body with an orange-red hourglass shape on the belly. If you think that you were bitten by a black widow spider, get help right away.
Follow these instructions at home:
instructions from your doctor about how to take care of your bite wound.
Make sure you:
- Wash your hands with soap and water before you change your bandage (dressing). If you cannot use soap and water, use hand sanitizer.
- Change your bandage as told by your doctor.
- Keep the bite area clean and dry. Wash the bite area with soap and water as told by your doctor.
- Do notscratch the bite area.
- Take or apply over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor.
- If you were prescribed an antibiotic medicine, take or apply it as told by your doctor. Do notstop using the antibiotic even if your condition improves.
directed, apply ice to the bite area.
- Put ice in a plastic bag.
- Place a towel between your skin and the bag.
- Leave the ice on for 20 minutes, 2–3 times per day.
- Raise (elevate) the bite area above the level of your heart while you are sitting or lying down.
- Keep all follow-up visits as told by your doctor. This is important.
Contact a doctor if:
- You have muscle cramps.
- You have pain or cramps in your belly (abdomen).
- You have more redness, swelling, or pain at the site of your bite.
- You start to be numb or weak in any part of your body.
- You feel generally sick (malaise).
Get help right away if:
- You start to breathe very quickly.
- Your heart starts to beat very quickly.
- You get very restless or confused.
- You have chest pain.
- You feel faint or light-headed.
- You have fluid or blood coming from the bite area.
- You have pus or a bad smell coming from your bite wound or bandage.
- You have a fever.