About Black Widows
There are only two main types of venomous spiders found in Richardson, Texas: the Brown Recluse and the Black Widow.
These are nocturnal and are therefore often found in or under objects where their presence is not immediately obvious. To maintain safety, it is recommended that people wear gloves when doing activities in which they cannot see where their hands are being placed such as reaching into storage boxes or lifting boards or firewood. Also, all clothing that hasn’t been used for a considerable time should be checked before wearing as they may have taken up residence within it.
Generally, they are very timid and only bite in self-defense such as when they accidentally come in contact with humans. They will usually attempt to flee even when their web is disturbed before attacking. Generally bites will occur when they become trapped against the skin. Bite symptoms of the widows are systemic, spreading through the body via the lymphatic system.
They usually start about 1-3 hours after the bite has occurred. The most common symptoms of their bite are intense pain, rigid abdominal muscles, muscle cramping, nausea, vomiting, general malaise (not feeling well), local sweating and hypertension (high blood pressure). If left untreated, bite symptoms will generally last 3-5 days. If you or someone you know has been bitten by what you believe to be a black widow, seek medical attention immediately.
Treatment includes Calcium gluconate and/or antivenin which is administered to relieve or counteract symptoms. These treatments are generally not found at your regular doctor’s office, so you will more than likely need to go to the nearest emergency department.
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