How to deal with a wolf spider bite

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A wolf spider bite is not deadly but can cause undesirable symptoms. Since a bite is not poisonous, it is not a cause for concern but if the symptoms worsen, a doctor should be consulted. Some individuals are prone to reactions from a bite and necessitate special care.

Indications of a wolf spider bite

It is important to note that wolf spiders do not usually bite humans. One might bite if threatened or accidentally touched.

A wolf spider bite might appear the same as other insect bites. In most cases, there is a reddened bump that is swollen and itchy and settles within a few days. Unless the individual saw the spider, it is hard to determine what caused the bite.

Management

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The initial step is to gently cleanse the bite site using water and warm soap. After cleaning, cover the bite site with bandage to lower the risk for infection.

The treatment for wolf spider bite is performed in the same manner as any type of insect bite. The initial step is to gently cleanse the bite site using water and warm soap. After cleaning, cover the bite site with bandage to lower the risk for infection.

In case the bite site becomes intensely itchy and causes discomfort, you can provide a quick-acting antihistamine such as diphenhydramine. Take note that this drug can cause drowsiness.

Prevention

An encounter with a wolf spider is considered rare. The spider is always on the move unlike with other spiders that remain stagnant in their webs.

You can avoid one by making sure that the house is free from clutter particularly in dark areas where spiders are likely to hide.

It is also recommended to wear long sleeves and pants when spending time outdoors. Take note that this is a practical approach at night when wolf spiders are likely to go hunting for food.

What is the outlook?

A wolf spider bite typically heals on its own in a few days. In case the bite becomes worse or accompanied by unusual signs, a doctor should be see as soon as possible.

Quick Note / Disclaimer

The material posted on this page on a wolf spider bite is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to properly manage a bite from this spider, register for a first aid and CPR course with Victoria First Aid.

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