Fortunately almost all spider bites are harmless, but there are a couple of really dangerous breeds of spiders that can cause pain, adverse reactions, and in some serious cases even death. In any case, you want to make sure that you quickly and properly treat and care for a venomous spider bite so that you can eliminate or dramatically reduce damage that spider venom can cause to your body or the site of the wound.
Most spider bites will cause inflammation, swelling, and redness around the area of the bite. An itching or pain may ensue, and the symptoms associated with the bite may last a few hours and up to a few weeks, depending on the type of spider that bit you.
Today, we are going to be taking a look at some natural remedies that you can use to reduce swelling, itching, and pain while eliminating these harmful toxins from the body. Let’s take a look at some of the best natural remedies that you can use to treat spider bites.
8 Natural Ways to Treat Spider Bites
1) Baking Soda
The alkaline in baking soda is great for drawing out the venom from the spider bite. Using a little bit of baking soda on the affected, bitten area will help reduce itchiness, swelling, and pain.
Here’s how you can use baking soda to treat a spider bite:
- Add one teaspoon of baking soda to about a tablespoon of water
- Use a cotton ball to soak up the solution
- Add that solution to the affected area by dabbing it on the area of the bite
- Wash the bite area off with lukewarm water
- If your symptoms haven’t improved, wait a few hours and then try again
2) Essential Oils
Did you know that lavender is actually really effective at healing a spider bite? Lavender actually helps to relieve itching, pain, and swelling, and also helps to helps to reduce scarring after the bite has healed.
3) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a really versatile plant that has a lot of soothing and healing properties. Aloe vera can provide cooling to the warm affected area and also reduce the pain, itching, and swelling caused by a spider bite.
Here’s how you can use aloe vera to treat a spider bite:
- Start by thoroughly washing an aloe vera leaf
- Then cut it open to get the gel out of the leaf
- Put the fresh aloe vera gel directly on the spider bite
- You can apply fresh aloe vera gel directly to the bite a 2-3 times daily for a few days
Make sure that you refrigerate the remaining gel from the leaf.
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Salt is another naturally occurring compound that you can use to heal a spider bite. Salt has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that you can use to draw the venom out of the spider bite. It should also have the ability to reduce redness and inflammation.
Here’s how you can use salt to help your spider bite:
- Wash the bitten area with lukewarm water
- Take a damp washcloth and dust it with a little salt or sea salt
- Tape the washcloth over the bite and let it sit for a couple of hours
- Repeat as needed
5) Lemon Juice
Lemon is a really powerful acid that can reducing swelling, itching and inflammation. It can also dry out the rashy area around the spider bite and reduce the chances of infection.
Here’s how you can use lemon juice to treat your spider bite:
- You can just suck up some fresh squeezed lemon juice with a cotton ball and dab it on the bitten area-
- Or you can take a fresh slice of lemon and rub it over the bite for a few minutes
Aspirin is another strong item that can naturally reduce the swelling, inflammation, and pain caused by a spider bite. Using aspirin directly on your spider bite can help you recover faster.
- Take two aspirin tablets and soak them in just a little bit of water. It will turn into a paste-like substance
- Rub that paste directly into the spider bite
- Leave the paste on for a couple of hours, and then wash it off with some moderately warm water
Ice is another great option for helping you reduce pain and inflammation of your spider bite. You never want to apply ice directly to the spider bite, but using indirect contact can help greatly.
- Use an ice pack or a wash rag to wrap up some ice cubes
- Put ice on the bitten area using 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off
Did you ever think that potatoes would be effective for treating a bite? Potatoes actually have properties in them that are great for your skin, and can help your spider bite heal.
Here’s how you can use potatoes for help:
- Peel a large potato and wash it
- Use a cheese grater to grate the potato
- Put the shreds of wet potato into a thin cloth and tie so that the shreds of potato stay in it- Clean the bite area with rubbing alcohol, and apply the cloth to the bite
- Let the cloth and the potatoes sit on the bitten area until the potatoes have dried out
- After the potato shreds are dry, put more damp potatoes into the cloth and reapply until symptoms improve.
There are tons of great, natural methods that you can use to treat a spider bite.If you enjoyed this article, feel free to share this with a friend. If you have any questions or comments, leave them in the comments section below.
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