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									Spider Bites

Though most people fear spider bites because of the nasty symptoms
associated with them, sometimes there is nothing to worry about, as a
small skin wound is no threat for one's health. Not all spider bites are
dangerous, since the majority of spider species are totally harmless for
humans; with the exception of a few venomous ones, the rest are pretty
safe.


When a spider bites you, the first thing to do is trying to identify the
species, if it be possible; knowing what type of spider bit you may be
crucial in case an anti-venom has to be used. Superficial spider bites
can only cause a skin rash and some itching: nothing more. The remedy for
such cases is pretty much at hand: cold water and aloe ointments could
alleviate the irritating sensation.

People who live in geographical areas that represent the habitat of
venomous species tend to learn how to recognize the dangerous specimens
and thus avoid coming into contact with them. The treatment for special
spider bites can only be provided in professional medical institutions
since the risk the victim faces in most such cases is necrosis.

What is the first aid procedure in case of spider bites? It all depends
on the body part where you've been bitten; when the spider bites occur on
the arm or the leg, tie a bandage right above the bite so as to prevent
the spreading of the venom. Nevertheless, too tight a bandage may affect
the correct blood flow in the area. A cold cloth pressed on the wound
will reduced the swelling and the redness associated with spider bites in
general.

The immediate drug treatment of risky spider bites usually includes the
administration of an anti-venom based on corticosteroids. The
administration of specific medication can only be done by authorized
medical personal and when the circumstances indicate a toxic venom
exposure. Contact a health care provider immediately if you've been
bitten by a spider and you experience fever, nausea, swelling of the
tissues and severe pain.

The severity of spider bites is determined according not only to the
species to which the aggressor belongs, but to the amount of venom that
is injected by the spider. Thus, when a spider is trying to subdue its
prey, the venom amount depends on the size of its meal, whereas, in a
defensive venom release, the spider will do anything to protect itself
and its nest.

The latter type of spider bites are therefore a lot more serious than the
former.

								
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