The false widow spider has become a bit of a news sensation just recently. It is named as being the UK most dangerous spider, the most poisonous spider in the UK and even potentially deadly, Whilst this is true the bite itself is no worse than a bee sting. That said, bee stings kill around 10 people every year in the UK, It has to be said that all these fatal stings resulted in allergic reactions that were the true culprit.
Think you’ve been bitten here’s what to do
- Wash the bite with warm soapy water.
- Apply a ice-pack (care not to cause a cold burn; don’t leave on for more than a few minutes at a time).
- If possible apply a bite spray or insect stick.
- If necessary, take over-the-counter medication to control pain or itching (e.g. antihistamine cream and suitable painkiller).
- Antibiotics are not helpful unless the wound becomes infected;
- Do not cut or apply suction to the wound.
- Monitor the bite for redness, swelling, pain, or signs of infection.
- Monitor breathing, sweating and general demeanour.
- Re-apply spray or stick to control bite symptoms and promote healing.
- and consult your doctor
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