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how do you know when you get bite by a black widow????? I was

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how do you know when you get bite by a black widow????? I was sitting outside and I looked down and there was one by my hand and I know the legs touched my hand thats how I knew it was there

Was there pain or bite mark?
Any other symptoms?

Dr. Arun
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I dont see any bite marks and there was not really any pain at all I felt it but it did not hurt

The first symptom, usually, is acute pain at the site of the bite. So there is a chance that it may have not caused the bite. The other symptoms caused by the bite are (usually start in 20-30 minutes);

muscle cramping
abdominal pain
chest pain

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Ok trying to make sure I didn't get bite because I am seven months pregnant

If you did not have pain on the skin; there is a significant chance that you did not get the bite. The only other way to know about the bite are various symptoms we discussed. If you suspect the bite; you may consider going to emergency room and wait there (as you are pregnant). There are no tests or investigations to confirm it, I am afraid. If you do not get any symptoms like muscle cramp, abdominal pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting etc in an hour; you may return to home without consulting a doctor at ER. Going to ER and watchful waiting there is just for the precautionary reason in your case (as it would save the time; to initiate the treatment, it at all there is a bite).

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