One of the most common pests encountered almost daily are spiders. Although spiders are not known to attack first, they can still bite you as a form of their self-defence mechanism. While some cases of spider bites need medical attention, most of the cases can be treated at home by following the symptoms. Some of the symptoms of a venomous spider bite could be swelling, fever, chills, severe pain, muscle spasms, vomiting, abdominal pain, light-headedness, and difficulty in breathing. In such cases, the patient should be rushed to the nearest hospital or clinic. Light symptoms caused by a non-venomous spider include inflammation, mild pain, redness, and itching. In such cases, home treatment without any prescription is sufficient.
Here are some of the best and effective home remedies for spider bites.
- Ice Cubes: Ice can be applied to the wound to reduce pain and swelling. Direct application of ice on your skin can cause damaged capillaries, so instead, wrap a few ice cubes with a clean cotton cloth before applying. A piece of cloth soaked in chill water can also do the job. Continue this remedy for ten to fifteen minutes. It will cool down the infected area and numb the nerve endings, thus reducing the pain caused by a spider bite.
- Baking Soda: Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, has a number of daily use advantages. One of them is its significance in the treatment of spider bites. This salt of a bicarbonate anion and sodium cation serves as the most cost-effective treatment for spider bites. To use it right, mix about a spoonful of baking soda with one-fourth amount of water to make a thick paste out of it. Apply this paste on your spider bite wound with the help of cotton balls, continue the process for about five minutes. Finally, using lukewarm water wash the paste off. This remedy will help you with pain, itching and stinging sensations. The process can be repeated if the discomfort remains.
- Salt Solution: Another potent solution for spider bites is the saltwater. Salt, because of its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, helps in the treatment of spider bites. and it is also an effective home remedy for strep throat. Over the years it has been used as an excellent poison remover. To use it right, make a saltwater solution and apply it on the wound using a piece of clean cloth. Finally, cover the wound with this damped cloth for at least two hours. Sea salt or Kosher salt can also be used in this process. Repeat the process as needed.
- Activated Charcoal: Another effective natural treatment is activated charcoal. This universal antidote is used in the treatment of scorpion bites, bee stings and other insects including spiders. It minimizes the effect of the spider’s poison and thus helps in faster recovery. Make a paste of activated charcoal by mixing it with water in 1:1 ratio. Gently, apply this paste on the spider bite and cover it using a bandage or a clean cloth. Let the paste do its job for about two to four hours. This process can be repeated several times on a single day. It will boost the healing process while also reducing the symptoms.
- Turmeric Powder: Another one of the powerful home remedies for spider bites involves the use of turmeric. This yellow coloured spice hides many medicinal rich properties within it. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and germ-killing action, turmeric powder is used for relieving the pain, redness, and inflammation of a spider bite. Just like the methods mentioned above make a smooth paste out of turmeric powder but using olive oil instead of water. Apply this paste on the infected part and allow it to rest for about an hour. Finally, using lukewarm water rinse the wound. Reapply the paste several times per day.
- Aloe Vera: A well-known medicinal plant with antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties, Aloe vera is used for healing wounds and treating various skin problems. The spiky and thick leaves of this plant carry essential components such as fatty acids, minerals, enzymes, and vitamins. The plant has been proven beneficial, especially in cases of a black widow and white-tailed spider. The remedy is readily used because of its ease. Directly apply the aloe vera gel on to the wound and let it be. The gel helps with itchiness and inflammation resulting from a spider bite. It also has a natural cooling effect which gives instant relief and promotes the healing process. The gel can be reapplied several times a day. Although the best case would be to use the aloe vera gel right out of a plant. But in the case of un-accessibility, it can also be easily found in stores.
- Potato: Apart from being used for making mouth-watering French fries, potatoes hold within themselves great medicinal benefits. Reducing inflammation, regulation of blood pressure, reducing irritation, soothing, promoting sleep, and healthier digestion etc. are some of its therapeutic properties. The vegetable is also used for healing spider bites and also as Home remedies for ear infection adult. Due to the presence of anthocyanins fibre, and resistant starch, potatoes are able to tackle the inflammatory effect caused by a spider bite. To use this remedy right, Slice down a potato without peeling it off. Take one such slice with its peel still on and massage with it on the affected area. After a minute or two place this slice on the wound and hold it tight using a bandage or a clean-dry cloth. Switch the slice with a new one every couple of hours. Another easier way is to grate a potato after washing it. Place the grated potato on the wound and tie it up using a cloth. Let the potato do its magic and wash the wound after about half an hour using lukewarm water.
- Aspirin: Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), commonly referred to as Aspirin, is used for reducing fever and relieving pains. The drug contains anti-inflammatory properties which control swelling, and inflammation caused by a spider bite. Similar to above home remedies for spider bites make a paste out of one or two aspirin tablets using water. Put the tablets in water and crush them until a paste-like texture is achieved. Now, gently apply this paste to the infected area and leave it untouched for about an hour or two. Lastly, wash the area using lukewarm water. Repeat the process if needed.
- Lemon juice: A natural antiseptic, astringent and toxin remover, lemon is known for its several medicinal uses. This rich source of vitamin C also has anti-inflammatory properties which allow it to reduce the swelling, itching and inflammation caused by a spider bite. it is consequently a perfect home remedy for nausea as well. Squeeze the juice out of fresh lemon and apply it on the bite area using cotton balls. Once the lime juice dries off, rinse it with the help of some lukewarm water. Another method more popular at the local level is to directly rub a lemon against the spider bite for a few minutes and then washing it off once it dries.
All above mentioned home remedies for spider bites are beneficial and can be used to treat spider wounds.