A wolf spider bite causes a swollen, reddened bump on the skin that can be painful. Even though the venom from the spider can trigger redness and swelling, treatment at home is usually enough in relieving the symptoms. Within a span of 7-10 days, the symptoms are expected to settle.
Wolf spiders only bite if they feel threatened or handled. You can avoid being bitten by driving it away with an object instead of picking one using your hand.
Indications of a wolf spider bite
Luckily, the signs of a wolf spider bite are not serious and comparable to a bee sting.
The usual signs that might arise after being bit by a wolf spider include itchiness, redness, swelling and discomfort around the bite site. Depending on the seriousness of the bite, bleeding might occur on the site where its fangs pierced the skin.
Generally, it takes up to 10 days for a bite to completely heal. Nevertheless, if the discomfort persists for more than a few hours after the initial bite or symptoms such as fever, blistering around the bite or muscle cramping are present, a doctor should be seen right away.
Dealing with a bite
A wolf spider bite can be managed using home remedies that provide topical relief. Remember that monitoring and proper treatment can prevent any complications from developing including a secondary infection.
- Thoroughly wash hands using an antibacterial soap before caring for the bite.
- Apply a cold compress on the affected site to lessen the swelling and prevent further spread of the venom.
- Note down if the symptoms seem to worsen during the initial few hours after being bit. A doctor should be consulted if there is fever, muscle pain, vomiting or nausea.
- Some of the natural remedies that can be used to reduce the itchiness, swelling and promote faster healing include chamomile, witch hazel and aloe vera.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on wolf spider bite is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage a bite from a wolf spider, register for a first aid and CPR course with Mississauga First Aid.