The bites of many different Australian spiders may cause pain but only bites from some Funnel-web spiders are an immediate threat to life, although the Redback spider bite may be a threat to life in the very young or very old.
A bite from a large (>2cm), dark coloured spider, especially in the regions of Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central, Northern, Southern Highlands or south coast of NSW, or south-eastern Queensland, should be considered as a dangerous bite and immediate treatment given.
Symptoms and signs of Funnel Web spider bites may include:
NOTE: Life threatening effects may occur within 10 minutes
The rescuer should:
Attempts to capture the spider may result in further bites. Do not bring a live spider to hospital. A photo on a phone may help in identification but should not delay the first two steps of management.