Black Widow Spider Bite First Aid

black widow spider first aid

In the USA a Black Widow Spider Bite or Brown Recluse Spider Bite can be serious and even life threatening.

The Black Widow Spider is a close relative to the Red Back Spider from Australia.


Symptoms of a Black Widow Bite

Local pain may be followed by localised or generalised severe muscle cramps and pain

  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Tremors

In severe cases:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breath may follow
Black widow spider

First Aid for Black Widow Bite

  • If the patient shows any of the symptoms of a Black Widow Bite get to a hospital immediately.
  • Clean and irrigate the bite area.
  • Application of ice or cool compresses.
  • If safe to do so, take the spider to the hospital for identification.
  • Usually it is safer to take a photo.
  • Pain medication and or muscle relaxants may be given by a medical professional.
  • DO NOT apply a tourniquet. This cuts blood flow completely and may result in loss of the affected limb.
  • DO NOT give the patient medication including aspirin unless instructed to do so by a medical professional


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Photo 1 by Konrad Summers
Photo 2 by Liam K





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