Identifying Spider Bites

How will a person identify spider bites? Spider bites have one common characteristic. That is, the spider bite looks like a dart board with three concentric circles. Every spider bite photo shows that at the center, there is a small blister. Surrounding the blister is a reddened bigger circle that slightly swells. And surrounding the reddened area is a pale or whitish circle. If one is unsure of the spider bite, one should consult pictures of spider bites.

Spider bites appear this way probably because the fangs of a spider are hollow. And through this hollow, the venom from the spider is released. The venom is supposed to paralyze the insects that the spider bites. Since insects are small, the venom from spider bites are not fatal to humans.

In fact, of the 50,000 spider species that belong to the arachnid family, only a small fraction have been known to bite humans. Then, most spider bites are too small to be detected by the unaided eye. Only a handful of spider bites can truly be considered dangerous. And this is when the spider bites have been infected. Without infection, the typical spider bites last for a couple of days.

Still, spider bites can become quite nasty. Aside from the puncture wound, reddish swelling and the pale concentric circle, there are other spider bite symptoms that a person should look out for. Some spider bite symptoms are itchy rashes, nausea, headache, vomiting, pain in the muscles and joints, chills, and fever. The first spider bite symptom that a person experiences is the itchy sensation over the bitten area. This itch happens within 10 minutes of the spider bite. The nausea, fever, and other spider bite symptoms happens within 24 to 72 hours.

Some species of spiders have their own characteristic spider bites. For example, the spider bite of the jumping spider shows a considerable swelling. The spider bite of the wolf spider may show a significant tear in the skin and a swelling of the lymph glands. This is because wolf spiders are large, about 3-4 inches across. The large fangs tear the skin when the wolf spider bites.

The spider bite of the tarantula can be extremely painful because tarantulas are also huge and hairy. The spider bite of the hobo spider is characterized by an open wound that heals slowly. Such a spider bite must be closely monitored so that it will not be infected. The spider bite of the Daddy Longleg spiders does not puncture the skin. One can only find a pinch and a foul-smelling fluid left behind.

Once the spider bite has been identified, the next thing to do is to prevent it from being infected. There is no specific spider bite treatment, except for those applied to address the spider bite symptoms, such as the swelling and itchy rashes.

One must also remember that spiders don’t intentionally attack humans, nor attack in herds. Spiders also don’t bite more than once. Thus, when a person finds multiple swollen bites on his skin, these may not be spider bites.