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Description: There are over thousands species of spiders which live in the US and Canada. In South Carolina, we have many different types some of which are harmless to us and some are more dangerous.
Pictured to the left is the Brown Recluse Spider. These spiders inhabit loose piles of debris or - if indoors - in furniture and folded clothing. Their venom is poisonous to humans. They tend to strike when disturbed or threatened by humans. Also common in our state is the "Southern Black Widow" spider. They are shiney in look and feature a red hour-glass shape on their abdomen (sometimes appearing as two red marks) As with the Brown Recluse spider, should you even suspect a bite from a Black Widow Spider, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Black Widow venom is EXTREMELY poisonous to humans.
^How do you know if you have been biten by a Spider?
Note that you will feel as if injured by a pin -or nothing at all-- when bitten by a poisonous spider. But then, the venom becomes evident with a bunch of symptoms.
The symptom caused by the bite of the Brown Recluse Spider varies according to the age of the victim.
The bites are usually more dangerous in kids, young adults and third age people. The symptoms are also conditioned by the standard of life, thus being more severe in poorly fed people. At first, the bite appears in the area is swollen all around the bite. This area expands, changes to red and the skin appears to harden. The victim shows other symptoms such as fever, shivering, nausea and vomits.
When bitten by a brown recluse, keep these procedures in mind. Call 911
• First, apply ice on the injury in order to lessen the pain and swelling.
• Whenever possible, place the bitten part of the body above your heart.
• Wash the entire area with cool water and soap -do not use warm water.
• Put sterilized bandages on the injury.
• Stay calm --nervous states help the venom spread inside your body.
•Try ibuprofen, naproxen, or similar anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve the pain.