Difference between revisions of "Spider bites"

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*[[Brown recluse spider bite]]
*[[Brown recluse spider bite]]
*[[Black widow spider bite]]
*[[Black widow spider bite]]
*[[Tarantula spider bite]]==
*[[Tarantula spider bite]]
===Clinical Features===
===Clinical Features===
#Abdominal hairs may be flicked a short distance when threatened
#Abdominal hairs may be flicked a short distance when threatened

Revision as of 23:33, 11 March 2015

Clinical Features

  1. Abdominal hairs may be flicked a short distance when threatened
    1. Rarely penetrate human skin but can imbed deeply into conjunctiva and cornea
  2. Bites can be painful but systemic symptoms other than fever are unusual


  1. Red eye and pain after handling a tarantula necessitates an ocular exam
    1. Hairs may be difficult to detect on slit lamp
  2. Treatment is surgical removal of hairs and topical steroids

Review Questions

Environmental emergencies question – Regarding black widow and brown recluse spider envenomations, which of the following is FALSE?

Black widow spiders (BWS) are found in the temperate regions of six continents and are widespread through North America, including the western United States (California included).
Signs and symptoms associated with BWS (e.g. diffuse pain, muscle cramps, tachycardia, and hypertension) usually develop begin within 30 to 120 minutes of the envenomation.
After antivenom for BWS is administered, symptoms typically resolve within 30 minutes, with complete relief within 2 hours.
Brown recluse spider (BRS) envenomation is most common in west coast states, such as California.
Most bites from BRS have a benign clinical course, but necrosis with induration and eschar formation may occur, and systemic effects, such as fever, chills, headache, malaise, arthralgia, and myalgias progress after more than 24 to 48 hours and resolve by 72 to 96 hours post bite.

See Also


  • Tintinalli
  • Rosen's