Even though a tarantula bite is not venomous to humans, it can be painful. In some cases, it might become serious especially if a severe allergic reaction occurs.
Remember that a tarantula typically bites if it feels threatened which might be by accident or if surprised abruptly. Some species are known to display a warning behavior before biting.
Signs of a tarantula bite
The indications of a tarantula bite are usually mild. Nevertheless, if an allergic reaction occurs, the following are expected.
- Skin rash at the site of the bite along with itchiness
- Blurry vision
- Redness and swelling at the site
- Difficulty breathing
- Puffy face, eyes and lips
- Rapid heart rate
- Drop in the blood pressure
- Severe shock
First aid care
- Cleanse the site of the tarantula bite with water and soap
- Apply a moist, cold compress or an ice pack on the site.
- Raise the affected limb if the bite is on the extremities.
- An antihistamine can be given if the individual experiences an allergic reaction or pain medications such as acetaminophen to reduce the pain.
A tarantula bite can be prevented with the following measures:
- Avoid playing or handling tarantulas. Remember that they should be properly handled to prevent any bites.
- Use clothes that cover the whole body when spending time outdoors during the evenings.
- Apply an insect repellant such as those that contain DEET
- Do not reach out into dark corners, nooks or recesses in the house using your bare foot or hands.
- As much as possible, avoid clutter in the house.
What is the outlook?
The outlook of a tarantula bite is based on the type of spider involved, site of the bite, seriousness of a reaction and overall health of the individual.
Generally, the outcome after being bitten by the spider is good with proper care. On the other hand, those who experienced a severe allergic reaction might take some time to fully recover.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on a tarantula bite is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize a bite and how it is treated, register for a first aid and CPR course with Vancouver First Aid.