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|Black Button Spider Envenomation
|The main symptoms of Latrodectism (Button spider envenomation):
sharp burning pain at the site, pain spreads to lymph nodes within 15 minutes, severe muscle pain and cramps within an hour, resulting in tightness in the chest and difficulty with walking, anxiety, sweating, fever, nausea and headaches, slurred speech, heart palpitations and difficult breathing.
Less than 5% of untreated cases result in death, usually as a result of respiratory failure. In fact, there have been no deaths from button spiders in the last 4 to 5 decades. Those more severely affected are children (smaller blood volume) and the elderly who might suffer respiratory or heart failure. All Latrodectus bites should be treated and monitored.
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