What is first aid for spider bites?

Getting help after you have been bitten by a black widow spider

Follow these steps if you believe you have been bitten by a black widow spider.

  • Get medical help immediately.

    Call your doctor, hospital, or poison control center.

  • Remain calm.

    Too much excitement or movement will increase the flow of venom into the blood.

  • Apply ice to the bite area.
  • Do not apply a tourniquet.

    It may cause more harm than benefit.

  • Try to positively identify the spider or catch it to confirm its type.

©2011-2024 Healthwise, Incorporated

The content above contains general health information provided by Healthwise, Incorporated, and reviewed by its medical experts. This content should not replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Not all treatments or services described are offered as services by us. For recommended treatments, please consult your healthcare provider.