Is a bite from a black widow spider a serious injury?
How can one recognize a black widow spider?
It has a rounded, jet–black body with a red marking on its belly in the shape of an hourglass.
This is the female of the species and the one to be avoided. The black widow mate does not bite.
What is the first-aid treatment for a black widow spider bite?
It should be treated just like snakebite, by making a crossed incision over the bite and sucking out the poison. A tourniquet should be applied above the bite just tight enough to cut off the return circulation. The pulse should still be obtainable.
Medical consultation should be sought quickly as there are counteracting medications to the bite of a black widow spider. Physical exertion should be avoided as much as possible.
What should be done for the bites of the other spiders, poisonous centipedes, scorpions, or tarantulas?
These should be treated similarly to a black widow spider bite.
Are the stings of centipedes, scorpions, or tarantulas very serious?
Usually not. The only time a sting from these insects endangers life is when it happens to a young infant or when the bite is on the face or neck. However, stings from these insects may produce severe temporary symptoms and great discomfort.
First-aid treatment for a snake bite
Since it is not always possible to tell whether the snake is poisonous, precautions should be taken in all cases of snakebite. The following procedures should be carried out: A tourniquet should be placed just above the site of the bite. This should be only tight enough to stop venous flow and must not cut off the pulse. Anything, such as handkerchief, tie, or belt can be used as a tourniquet. The tourniquet must be released every twenty minutes for a ten–minute interval. A crossed incision should be made over the site of the bite, and the bite should be sucked out. The patient should be put at absolute rest and should undergo as little physical exertion as possible. Have the patient transported to the nearest hospital and, if possible, ascertain the type of snake that caused the bite.
Is alcohol a good remedy for snakebite?
On the contrary, the majority of adults recover from snakebites. This is especially true is they can be admitted to a hospital promptly for the administration of the appropriate antivenin. The danger is greater in children, as the snake poison is apt to be more overwhelming.