Spider Bite vs Mosquito Bite – Differences?

Can you tell the difference between spider bite and mosquito bite? Well, such a task requires are keen eye and sufficient knowledge. 

Most bug bites have similar symptoms: itching, pain, sores, and red bumps. But how do you know which bug bit you? However, despite that a mosquito bite is dangerous and painful, some spider bites could be dangerous and need emergency treatment. 

Spider Bites

A spider bite, described as an arachnidism, is an injury on a victim’s skin. Despite that most spider bites may not be serious, some of them cause mild symptoms near the bite area. However, some spider bites can cause severe pain and necrotic skin wound.

Both spider and mosquito bites have characteristic bite marks. However, mosquito bites cause more pain and may not be more life-threatening. Spider bites have a characteristic two “fang” bites on your skin.

Some spiders such as brown recluse bites and American black widow inject venom into a person’s skin and can cause allergic reactions and poisoning. Loxoscelism and Latrodectism are the key clinical syndromes caused by spider bites. 

Loxoscelism is due to recluse spiders, Loxosceles spp. Symptoms include vomiting, fever, and headache. Latrodectism is due to widow spiders.

Symptoms of Latrodectism include vomiting, muscle cramps, and chest pains. To be considered significant, a spider bite must have substantial envenomation.

The mechanical injury caused by spite bites should not worry you so much. However, the spider venom could cause toxicity that could be a health concern. However, most spiders do not inject venom that is significant to cause health issues in human beings.

Spider venom is either necrotic (affect the tissues around the bite) or neurotoxic (attack the nervous system). For example, venom from Australian funnel-web and Brazilian wandering spider are known to be neurotoxic. On the other hand, South African sand and the Recluse spider are necrotic.

The spider bite has no significant difference from a mosquito bite, but it could hurt and itch more. Some of the spider bites could cause some ulceration.

Very few spiders such as the Sydney funnel web and American black widow bites would cause a significant health concern. Also read: Bed Bug Bites vs. Mosquito Bites.

Mosquito bite

A mosquito bite will leave one hole on your skin. It can indicate with a white, puffy and reddish bump immediately after the bite.

Also, it can show some multiple, itchy, hard and reddish-brown bump a few days after the mosquito bite. However, some mosquito bites might go unnoticed.

But first: Check a Video on Mosquito Sucking Blood 

Note that mosquito bites will always be dry. Therefore, if you see any signs of fluid or pus from the bitten spot, it could be an indication of an infection.

Indication of Infection – Spider Bite vs Mosquito Bite 

If you feel joint pain, nausea, fever, or dizziness following a spider bite you might be at risk of venomous toxicity and will need to visit your doctor immediately for diagnosis.

Mosquitoes have a long proboscis that allows them to suck blood from your body. Also, the mosquito’s saliva has extraordinary enzymes that will numb your skin while it is biting.

Also, the enzyme prevents the blood from clotting, and the mosquito will quickly draw it from your body. After the bite, your body creates a histamine response from the mosquito’s saliva.

Mosquito bites are key causes of diseases such as Zika and West Nile fever

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