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Chapter: Modern Medical Toxicology: Organic Poisons (Toxins): Venomous Bites and Stings

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Wolf Spider - Venomous Arachnids

Wolf spiders belong to Lycosa species.

Wolf Spider

·              Wolf spiders belong to Lycosa species.

·              The bite of the wolf spider is generally not associated with serious manifestations. Occasionally it causes moderate pain, erythema, oedema, or pruritis. Rarely there is necrosis.

·              Systemic manifestations may develop after 1 to 2 days, characterised by fever, chills, myalgia, and arthralgia. Very rarely there may be features of haemolysis, renal failure, and shock.

·              Treatment involves supportive and symptomatic measures.

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