Has anyone ever been bit by a spider?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I got a black widow bite when I was a kid – hurt like a bitch and I thought I was going to die! lol 

It went away after just 2 weeks though. 

Post # 3
2578 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was biten by a spider last summer while up at the in-laws’ cottage. I was also battling poison ivy, so it was no fun. Anyway, since the bite was so bad, I was put on anti-biotics which I then had an allergic reaction to… so it took a good month for everything to clear up.

Post # 4
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I got bit on the finger by a tarantula when hiking in the San Gabriel mountains. It swelled and hurt a lot, so just to be safe we stopped at a fire station on the way home and got some… Antivenom? Not sure. It was a green gel they put on the bite. Maybe just a topical analgesic. The redness and swelling went away in a few days. It was my fault for picking up the tarantula, but I’ve never forgotten it. Don’t mind spideys in the house, though. They kill bugs that gross me out a lot more.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  ohnatto.
Post # 6
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I was bitten by a spider while at a friend’s cottage a few years ago. The marks healed really quick but I wound up with an anaphylactic allergy, which wasn’t so fun (I’m deathly allergic to bees, and it turns out that certain types of spider venom are chemically similar. Thank goodness there was a clinic and my epipen nearby)

Lyme disease is freaky stuff. Where I live there is a high population of deer ticks (afaik the only insect that carries the disease), so public health is constantly talking about staying protected and watching for the bullseye rash they give when they bite. Really glad to hear your doctor’s have pretty much ruled that out 🙂 

Post # 7
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got bit by a baby brown recluse on the face last year. Half my whole face swelled. I was on antibiotics and had to go in to the doctors office every few days for a few weeks. It took a month to clear up completely. I got lucky in that it was a baby or it would have been so much worse. 


Post # 9
10513 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Probably more than once, but the spiders around here are mostly pretty harmless.  I had some type of bite on my leg once that wasn’t itchy and just hurt, and the redness spread so I got some antibiotics for it.  I have fairly sensitive skin, so didn’t think much about it and assumed it was a bite from a spider or insect.  After about a week it was barely noticeable.

Post # 10
42961 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BakerBee16:  Spiders get an unnecessarily bad rap. They get blamed for every little mark on someone’s body, when almost no one actually sees a spider  biting them.

There are spider bites that cause serious problems like Brown Recluse and Black Widow, but most of the time the sympoms are of infection, not the bite itself, even if it could definitely be attributed to a spider.

Post # 11
1905 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Yes. I was on antibiotics for a while and they gave me a shot in my ass. 

Heres the bite on my hip

Post # 12
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Yeah… hurts like a beast!

Post # 13
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I got bit by a spider once (don’t know what kind but it definitely wasn’t poisonous).  It went away really quickly.  I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you.  I hope you killed those spiders in your room!  Total yuck.

Post # 15
42961 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BakerBee16:  Spider bites are actually quite rare. Most so-called spider bites are actually bites from other bugs, including fleas,bedbugs, mosquitos, biting flies and ants.

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