Spiders are generally found in corners of the house, gaps in wood, hollow places and dark places. Two types of spiders commonly found are black spider and tarantula. A tarantula is big, hairy and less poisonous, while a black spider is more poisonous.
Diagnosis of a spider bite is made by the following features.
- The victim experiences severe pain locally.
- Redness and swelling develop at the site of the sting. Small blisters arise locally.
- The face, hands and legs develop swelling.
- Stomach cramps develop. Muscles become hard.
- Breathlessness and shock can develop. Death is rare.
- Place the victim in a comfortable position.
- Cover him with a blanket or a bad sheet.
- If the bite is on a limb, tie a tourniquet proximal to the site of bite to prevent absorption of its poison and spread to other parts of the body.
- Clean and dress the bitten area.
- Shift him to hospital if his condition is bad.