Brown Widow Spider (Latrodectus Geometricus)
brown widow is one of five United States species of the widow
family. It is primarily found in Florida. It is venomous,
and has a neurotoxin like that of the black widow. Although
it injects less venom than the black widow.
Brown widow venom is primarily a neurotoxin, which as a
rule does not cause local tissue death and destruction. Best
known for widespread muscle spasm and often mimics that of
a severe abdominal problem i.e. acute appendicitis, or ruptured
initial bite is very painful, but can go unnoticed. The surface
of the skin may display two red bite wounds, one, or none.
The worst pain is in the first 8-12 hours, symptoms may continue
for several days.
All children, pregnant women and individuals with hypertension
should be admitted to a hospital.
Antivenom is available.
Treatment in an Outdoor Setting:
- Clean and irrigate the wound.
- Application of ice or cool compresses.
- Pain medication, muscle relaxants if available.
- Transport immediately.
Photos by: Mary Leckie