How to deal with a tarantula bite

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

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An antihistamine can be given if the individual experiences an allergic reaction or pain medications such as acetaminophen to reduce the pain.

  • 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.

Prevention

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.

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