Man, this really bites!

Now that the weather is finally warming up in much of the country, we’re going to be seeing a lot more bugs again. Some of us will occasionally be barefoot outside, but of course, some of those bugs will also make their way into our homes, where some of us are barefoot more often.

A particularly troublesome bug is the spider, and feet aren’t the only body parts they attack. There are only a handful of deadly spiders in the U.S., but one of them is the Black Widow, which has been spotted in 49 states. (Alaska still appears to be safe.)  But other spiders can produce a very itchy bite that seems to take forever to go away and sometimes leaves a permanent mark.

Nobody wants to run to the doctor every time an insect or arachnid stings or bites, but because spider bites can be serious, it’s a good idea to learn how to identify those bites and what kind of treatment is best. In addition to itching and pain, some spider bites can cause skin damage, infection, muscle aches, cramping throughout the body, and chest and abdominal pain. Some people have died from spider bites.

I really liked this article, “Spider Bites: How to Identify and Treat Them.”; in addition to good information (and a really gross photo), there are a number of links to more information about spider bite identification and treatment.

I’d like to hear about your spider bite experiences. How did you know it was a spider that bit you? How did you treat it? What if anything have you done since then to try to avoid spider bites? Do you know of anyone who has experienced serious consequences from being bit by a spider? Hope to hear from you about this.


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