September 13, 2019, 10:46

Essex has been named spider bite capital

Essex has been named spider bite capital.

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Essex has been touted as the British capital of spider bites with 457 attacks over the last five years.

With the "season of spiders" in full swing, we are seeing more and more scary crawlies hiding in our homes.

But if most British eight-legged creatures are harmless, a handful – like the fake spider-widow – can bite badly.

And that's bad news for residents of Essex, as it has recently been revealed to be the British capital of spider bites, with 450 attacks over the last five years.

A study conducted by Fantastic Services, a reputable expert in the field of pest control, revealed that hospitals in their home country were treating the largest number of spider bites, or suspected bites of spider mites. ; spiders.

False Widow's can bite badly

False Widow's can bite badly.

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The NHS Trust of Mid Essex Hospital Services tops the list with 457 registered cases, including those at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

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It was also found that 92 – or 20% – of these incidents occurred last year, down from 102 in 2017.

In second place, the NHS Trust of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals has treated 249 suspected spider bites since 2013.

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While the NHS Foundation Trust West Sussex Hospitals had 216; Torbay and South Devon reached 210; and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had 188.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital recorded 159, and Lewisham and Greenwich, 152.

This comes after experts have warned that False Widow's spiders are spreading across the UK.

The creatures are the most poisonous spider of the UK and they usually reach a height of about 10mm with a leg width of up to 25mm.

Experts say fake widow bites can not cause an infection serious enough to cause death, but their venom can cause swelling, numbness, malaise, burns, chest pain and nausea.

The NHS advises asking for immediate medical help if you are presenting with "severe symptoms or work".

If you are stung by a spider, it is recommended to wash the area before applying an antibiotic cream.

They also say that you can use painkillers and ice cream to relieve pain, but you should consult your doctor if the symptoms worsen.

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