IMPORTANT NOTICE: At Fortis Healthcare, we are fully supportive of the National priorities set out by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India. Further to the directives of the Government provided in their press release dated 8th Nov 2016, payments at Government hospitals can be made through 500 and 1000 Rupee denomination notes. In view of the hardship being caused to the large number of patients at private hospitals, we have made an urgent representation to the Government that this exemption should apply equally, for payments, at private hospitals. We are following up with the authorities and hope the Government will step in quickly to resolve this anomaly. Meanwhile, at Fortis hospitals across the country, we continue to accept payments through credit card, debit card and electronic banking transfers. As 500 and 1000 Rupee denomination notes are no longer legal tender we are only accepting 100 Rs and lower currency notes. As per Government regulation, a PAN card and legitimate ID proof is however required for payments in cash exceeding Rs 50,000. Meanwhile we continue to ensure that emergency cases get immediate medical attention without delay whatsoever and have put in more administrative staff and help desks to assist patients.

Spider bites

Spider bites are usually harmless. In fact, many bites attributed to spiders turn out to have been inflicted by other bugs. Skin infections also have been mistaken for spider bites.

Only a few types of spiders have fangs long enough to penetrate human skin and venom strong enough to severely affect a human being. In the U.S., these include the black widow spider and the brown recluse spider.

Black widow spider bites can cause severe abdominal pain and cramping, while brown recluse spider bites can cause the skin around the bite to die. Both these spiders generally live in undisturbed areas, such as attics or sheds, and don't bite unless threatened.


Symptoms Causes Risk factors Complications Prevention

Typically, a spider bite looks like any other bug bite — a red, inflamed, sometimes itchy or painful bump on your skin — and may even go unnoticed. Harmless spider bites usually don't produce other symptoms.

Black widow spider bites

Signs and symptoms of a black widow spider bite may include:

  • Pain. Typically beginning within an hour of being bitten, pain can spread from the bite site into your abdomen, back or chest.
  • Cramping. Abdominal cramping or rigidity can be so severe that it's sometimes mistaken for appendicitis or a ruptured appendix.
  • Sweating. Excessive sweating can occur around the bite mark or may involve the entire limb.

Brown recluse spider bite

The pain associated with a brown recluse spider bite typically increases during the first eight hours after the bite. The bite usually heals on its own in about a week. In a minority of cases, the skin at the center of the bite can become dusky red and then evolve into a deep open sore (ulcer) that enlarges as the surrounding skin dies. The ulcer usually stops growing within 10 days after the bite, but full healing can take months.

When to see a doctor

Seek prompt medical assistance if you believe you've been bitten by a spider and you're experiencing:

  • Severe pain
  • Abdominal cramping
  • A growing ulcer at the bite site

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