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Wolf Spider Bite

Wolf Spider Bite

Wolf spiders stalk their prey on the ground without building a web. So, if you have been bitten by this spider, then continue reading to know the symptoms and various treatment options.
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A wolf spider is one of the many different species of spiders. It is unique in its own way. It is a ground spider, which means that it hunts for its prey by remaining on the ground and does not build a web around it. It derives its name from the fact that it stalks on its prey just like a wolf. It has eight eyes and very good eyesight, along with an intense sense of touch, which makes it a good predator. As it does not form a web, it houses in the rocks and other natural shelters, like woodlands, shrubs, gardens, and even in your house.
Symptoms
The symptoms of a wolf spider bite are similar to the brown recluse spider bites, but not as harmful.

➜ The general symptoms are swelling, itching, and pain. Some people may also develop allergies after the bite.

➜ Some people experience serious symptoms, like dizziness and nausea. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these indicants.
➜ There may be others whose body will react very differently. They may not experience severe pain and swelling, but their wound might still take a lot of time to heal. The swelling can be very painful and may last for about 10 days.

➜ If a child or an elderly person has been bitten, it is necessary to take them to the hospital for a proper treatment.
Treatment
The spider bite treatment for this is not different from the other spider bites.

➜ The area of the bite should be first washed with an antibacterial soap and water. Clean the area thoroughly to avoid any infection.

➜ Apply an antibiotic cream to prevent the infection (if any) from spreading further. This cream also helps in reducing the itchiness around the bite.

➜ Dab some ice cubes on the area to reduce the swelling. Ice also helps in suppressing the pain caused by the bite.
➜ Keep the bitten area elevated to prevent it from swelling further. Take some painkillers or antibiotics, as prescribed by the doctor, to deal with the bite pain.

➜ Normally, in a healthy person, all the above treatments show results in some time. However, if you experience different symptoms, that persist for long, it is best to seek the advice of your physician.
Some Interesting Facts
  • A wolf spider bites only when it is provoked.
  • Its venom is poisonous but not very harmful to the human beings.
  • Lastly, the side effects of the bites are usually not very severe and can be treated easily.
Most of the time, the bite is not the problem. It is the fear and trauma that a person experiences after being bitten, which is the main culprit. Do not panic after being bitten, as you may miss out the appropriate treatment measures to be adopted. It is very easy to treat it, so don't worry too much. However, if your skin turns dark and the swelling does not recede, get it treated by your doctor without any delay.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.