The Signs And Symptoms of A Spider Bite

I hate spiders! I really do. They are creepy, crawly and frightening. Most people aren’t aware they bite. Some doctors will even tell you that spiders don’t bite. The truth is spiders do bite.

My husband woke up last weekend itching and scratching at his arm. There was a huge welt that looked like an infected mosquito bite. It was swollen and red.

My husband complained that it hurt and he felt sick. I took him to the emergency room. Below was my reaction when I found out he had bitten by a spider.

How do you know if you’ve gotten a spider bite?

One of the key signs knowing you have been bitten by a spider is that you feel sick. You may be running a fever. Or if you see a red line streaked across your skin from the bite location.

Don’t panic.

Go to the hospital to get help immediately. Show the doctor the bite area, and try not to itch if you can.

It turns out that hubby was bitten by a spider. A big one actually called a Wolf Spider. God! I’m getting all heeby-jeeby just writing about it.

Over the course of four days, his bite has grown to the size of a toonie. With over 3000 species of spiders in the world. Did you know that most of them aren’t poisonous? Even the normal house spider we see in our homes each and every day can be quite deadly to humans.

Each person can react to a spider bite differently as the venom enters the bloodstream. A spider bite can cause quite the reaction for some people and no reaction for others.

Here are some symptoms of a spider bite you should look out for. Many are just side effects and not all symptoms are present. Most spider bites will contain two punctures at the entry wound on the skin.

Signs and Symptoms of a Spider Bite

  • itching or rash
  • pain around the area of the bite
  • muscle pain or cramping
  • blisters that are red or purple in color
  • sweating
  • difficulty breathing
  • a headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fever
  • chills
  • anxiety or restlessness
  • rashes
  • swollen lymph glands
  • high blood pressure

The bite my hubby got was no joke. He has been on antibiotics for the past week, which he gets by going to the hospital every day for treatment through an IV.

The red lines on his arm was a blood poison line heading straight for his heart. I can’t even imagine if we did nothing about it and hadn’t taken him to the ER.

If you have a spider bite you can apply an ice pack to the wound for 10 minutes at a time. Elevate the area to reduce swelling. Take an antihistamine to help with the itch. Make sure the bite is clean and free of dirt. Apply ointment if you notice blisters developing, and seek medical help.

Spiders are no laughing matter. I despise spiders. That’s why I use spider spray around my house and plug up my drains. They come up the drains you know. Imagine peeing and getting bitten on the bum? Yikes!

Have you ever had a spider bite?

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  1. Henry Killingsworth January 14, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you for helping me to understand that one of the symptoms of a spider bite is muscle cramping. Since this morning, I have been feeling a burning sensation in my ankle that I thought was caused by a pulled muscle. I’ll be sure to get to a medical clinic as soon as possible just in case it is actually a spider bite.

  2. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Yep it's bad to think such small creatures can do such damage. I get wiggy just thinking about. I'm thankful we caught the infection on time also. Now we are cleaning every corner of the house.

  3. Jodi Shaw - Site Author September 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Awww Rory sorry to hear that. Did you ever discover what it was? What was biting him?

  4. RoryBore September 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    my son woke up with bites all over him too the other morning. he was scratching so bad I had to pack all kids up and do emergency drugstore run for calamine lotion. which, sadly no honey, does not come in blue! feaks me out that something was crawling on him while he slept!! but thankfully, just welts.

    Glad FD is okay! I will back away slowly from even the daddy long legs now.

  5. Erin September 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    You made my skin crawl! I hate spiders and your post just made that fear even worse! Thank goodness you caught the infection in time. My mother has a horrible reaction to spider bites, all kinds, and gets scars from their bites every time. I think I might have to do some housecleaning and spider spraying now.


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