Just looking at a centipede can arouse a multitude of conflicting emotional reactions, as they are ugly and frightening, yet interesting in appearance. The most venomous centipedes can be found in regions of Asia, but here in the United States, it is the giant desert centipede species that you need to steer clear from. This species lives up to its name, as it is the largest of all centipede species dwelling in the US. These centipedes grow to lengths that range from 6 to 9 inches, and they inflict painful, and in some cases, medically significant bites. Unfortunately, these centipedes are sometimes found in homes located in the southwest US, but most people sustain venomous bites from this species while indulging in outdoor activities, most notably gardening. In one case, a man sustained a giant centipede bite while sitting near his garden, which was located within his backyard. Within moments, the man knew something was wrong, as the pain and swelling caused by the bite would not quit growing in intensity and size. Before long, the man was in the emergency room where he suffered a severe heart attack as a result of the venomous centipede bite. Despite the severe medical complications that arose in response to this bite, the bite victim was only a 20 year old man, and doctors remain unaware about the nature of the venom’s activity on the human nervous system.
Moments after sustaining the giant centipede bite, the man applied ice to the wound, which decreased the swelling. Unfortunately, the pain did not decrease, and he began to experience cold sweats, nausea and vomiting. Upon arriving at the ER 24 hours after sustaining the bite, the man was conscious and his blood pressure was normal, but the venom continued to attack his organs despite the patient’s lack of medical issues and allergies. Within an hour or two upon arrival at the ER, the man suffered a heart attack due to the venomous bite. In response, he was taken to the cardiac emergency unit where he was given nasal oxygen therapy. Luckily, the man managed to recover, but medical professionals admit that next to nothing is known or documented concerning how giant centipede venom attacks the human nervous system.
Have you ever found a centipede in your home that you had never seen before in your life?