Bit by a black widow. My left leg kinda stiff but my back muscles kinda hurt like I don't know I’ve been bitten before.

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20 years old n been bit before n got my Muscles stiff and a little bit of pain

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The two most common poisonous spiders found in the United States are the black widow and the brown recluse. Black widow spiders have fangs. Usually you can see two small puncture wounds after being bitten by a black widow spider. Symptoms that can result from a black widow bite include severe and intense pain, stiffness, muscle cramps, abdominal cramps, back pain, excessive sweating, and hypertension. If you have confirmed that the bite was from a black widow spider, initiate treatments include:

Wash the area with mild soap and water and use ice applications or a cold cloth to help prevent swelling.

Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Use a towel or soft and clean cloth between the skin and the ice-filled baggie or cold pack.

Elevate the area that was bitten if possible and practical.

Take an over-the-counter product to help with pain and/or inflammation such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin. Be sure to follow the directions on the label.

Then go to seek immediate medical care.

I think you may need to go to the ER. You have symptoms that is distant from the bite site. It is dangerous. You may need the antivenom and muscle relaxers (see below). Treatments for balck spider bite include:

  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
  • Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your healthcare provider how to take this medicine safely.
  • Muscle relaxers may be given to relieve cramps or spasms.
  • A tetanus vaccine is a booster shot used to help prevent tetanus. Tetanus is a severe infection that can develop in the bite wound.
  • IV fluids may be needed to prevent dehydration and kidney failure.
  • Antivenom may be given if your symptoms are severe or you are at increased risk. Antivenom can help slow or stop your symptoms.
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