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When Spiders Attack: A New Option for Identification and First Aid Treatment for Spider Bite Wounds

November 29, 2013

For anybody that has felt the frustration or fear of a bite mark from an unknown source, there is a new option for help. People seeking answers can get more information on the identification of spiders or possible spider bite wounds at http://spiderbites.net.

MIAMI, Nov. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Many people have experienced the annoyance of being bitten by a mosquito or ant. It can be painful and frustrating, but unless that person is allergic, the bites are mostly an inconvenience. However what about a situation where a person is bitten by something, but they don’t know what bit them or what to do about it? Website creator Dr. James offers assistance for those in the urgent situation of a possible spider bite by offering education and public awareness on a new website, http://spiderbites.net, a brand new resource for consumers.

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The website offers articles with helpful information on how to identify the most critical types of spiders encountered in the United States and elsewhere, including Brown Recluse, Black Widow, Yellow Sac, Wolf, Hobo, and Jumping Spiders.

Sometimes a person who is a victim of an unknown bite may be unaware they are bitten until later–when it may be too late to locate the spider–or may receive a bite in the dark and visual identification simply is not possible. Because of this, the website also offers information to assist with the possible identification of the source of the bite by identification through bite mark features. Descriptions that identify the type of wound, such as a puncture wound or bump, help the bite victim to narrow down the list of possible suspects and determine if a bite is harmless or if medical attention is likely necessary. The information not only helps the reader to determine if it could be a spider bite, but also to rule out non-spider bite sources, such as bed bugs, dust mites, or mosquito bites.

Once the possible source of a bite is identified, the website offers advice on first aid treatment options, and when to seek the aid of a physician. Certain types of bites, such as Black Widow or Brown Recluse, mean the victim should keep the limb elevated to reduce the spread of the venom and request immediate medical attention. For non-venomous bites, first aid should be given as soon as the bite mark is identified to help avoid possible infection of the bite wound. For anybody who is uncertain about the source of a bite, or if red marks or streaks, spreading inflammation, or paralysis is experienced, the victim must seek the guidance of a physician.

“I went to hospital for two bites on my arm but they were asking hundreds of Euros to cure the bites,” said website user, Marion, from the Netherlands. “Then I searched online and read your article. I learned how to treat those bites and it did work! Thank you for saving me a lot of money!”

Giving back is also important, which is why James has stated that the website donates $0.05 for each visit to the American Skin Association (ASA). The organization helps with the research, public awareness, and treatment of skin diseases, including cancer, so consumers can feel assured their visit is also contributing to a worthy cause as well.

For more information on the identification of spiders or spider bites, or how to apply first aid to a spider bite wound, visit http://spiderbites.net/. The website also has a Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/sobelarry/spiders/.

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