Spider Bites • Natural home remedies

There are 35,000 known species of spiders. Since spiders must inject their prey with venom in order to incapacitate them, nearly all spiders are poisonous to some degree.

Spider Bites - Photo of a spider web

Most bites are relatively harmless and only a few spiders in the world are potentially lethal to humans. If you live in an area of the world with such dangerous spiders, you will need to seek medical care for the bite. It’s not always possible to identify what species has bitten you but if you know, the doctor needs to know, too.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

If you have been bitten by a spider in one of the thousands of species that do NOT generally make a person ill, then your symptoms will be much like other insect bites

  • Bites are often several in a line
  • Burning
  • Inflammation
  • Itching
  • Red bite site

MEDICAL FIRST AID

  • Keep calm to reduce the spread of venom in your bloodstream.
  • Use soap and water to clean the wound.
  • Medical advice is to apply an antibiotic ointment but there are many natural antiseptic substances you might have at home (or might want to buy for your medicine cabinet:
    • Lavender
    • Colloidal silver
    • Eucalyptus oil (diluted with a carrier oil)
    • Tea tree oil (diluted with a carrier oil)
    • Pineapple enzymes
    • Honey
    • Lemon
    • Vinegar

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Turmeric and olive oil as a poultice

ESSENTIAL OILS

For bites, you can add a drop of essential oil to a few drops of olive oil and apply to the bite

  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Thyme

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

  • Echinacea
  • Maximizer (enzyme)
  • Pantothentic acid
  • Plantain
  • Vitamin C
  • Yunnan baiyao

OTHER HOME REMEDIES

  • After the bite has healed over, apply honey to reduce scarring.
  • Apply a plantain leaf poultice.
  • Apply a poultice of edible clay or diatomaceous earth to the bite.
  • Apply a poultice of peppermint leaves.
  • Apply a poultice of shredded/grated white potato on a clean wound and bandage to keep in place. Repeat each time the poultice dries until the itching and inflammation have subsided.
  • Apply a wet teabag to the bite.
  • Apply crushed garlic and aloe vera.
  • Apply ice wrapped in a cloth to reduce swelling; 20 minutes each hour for several hours if needed.
  • Apply lemon juice.
  • Apply onion juice and rinse off after several minutes. Repeat as needed.
  • Avoid spicy foods and alcohol while healing
  • Drink plenty of water to assist your body with detoxification.
  • If the bite is on an arm or leg, lower the limb at first, to slow the spread of venom. If swelling persists hours later, elevate.
  • Make a paste of activated charcoal, apply and cover with a bandage for a few hours. Keep repeating for up to two days.
  • Make a paste of diatomaceous earth and apply to the wound to draw out venom. Leave it on for up to 30 minutes and reapply if needed.
  • Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply to the bite; do this every several minutes if needed.
  • Rub an aspirin tablet on the moistened wound and leave it on for two hours; or form a paste of crushed aspirin and water.
  • Sprinkle salt on a damp cloth and apply to the wound for two hours; reapply if needed.
  • Use an extractor bite and sting kit to suck the venom out.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Chinese Medicine
  • Homeopathy (several remedies depending on symptoms)

CAUTIONS

If you are in doubt about the kind of spider that bit you, seek immediate medical help if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Cramping
  • Severe pain (which may spread to other areas than the bite site)
  • Sweating
  • Ulcer under the bite
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