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Funnel-web spider


Poisoning by a bite from the funnel-web spider.

Poisonous Ingredient

  • funnel-web spider venom

Where Found

  • funnel-web spider and related species


  • body as a whole
    • chills
    • collapse
    • joint pain
    • muscle spasms (fasciculations)
    • numbness of mouth and lips
  • heart and vessels
    • high blood pressure
    • rapid heart rate
  • respiratory
    • difficulty breathing
  • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
    • drooping eyelids
    • double vision
    • difficulty swallowing
  • skin
    • redness around the site of bite
    • sweating excessive
  • gastrointestinal
    • nausea and/or vomiting
    • diarrhea
  • nervous system
    • coma

Home Treatment

Call the Poison Control center for guidance. The standard procedure is to apply a firm pressure bandage over the bite, and immobilize the affected limb, if possible.

Before Calling Emergency

Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the identification of the insect if possible
  • the time when the bite occurred

Poison Control, or a local emergency number

They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses.

If possible, bring the insect to the emergency room for identification.

What to expect at the emergency room

  • Treat the symptoms.

Expectations (prognosis)

Death in an otherwise healthy person is uncommon, but can occur due to laryngeal spasm. Recovery usually takes about one week.

Update Date: 2/23/2004

Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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