The wet weather will bring them out of the woodwork..
It happened that my sweet, pretty, super white skinned niece was bitten by a spider while sleeping in our adobe house in San Sebastian.
That set us on a cure for the swelling and itching that followed.
Hey…they are around and can be identified by those two fang marks they leave.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for spider bites.
1. Ice Pack
When bitten by a spider, the first thing you need to do is clean the wound with mild soap and water. Then, apply an ice pack on the affected area. The cold temperature will help numb the nerve endings, soothe the itching sensation and reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Wrap a few ice cubes in a thin towel and place it on the affected area for 10 minutes at a time. Repeat as needed during the initial 24 hours.
- You can also put the affected area under cool running water for a few minutes.
Note: Never put ice directly on the skin.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda alkaline substance can help draw out the venom, which will help reduce pain, itching and inflammation.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water.
- With the help of a cotton ball, apply this mixture on the affected area for 5 minutes.
- Wash the area with lukewarm water.
- If the discomfort persists, repeat after a few hours.
Salt can effectively draw the venom out of a spider bite to promote quick recovery. In addition, it reduces inflammation and redness.
- Wash the affected area thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Sprinkle some table salt on a wet washcloth. (You can also use kosher or sea salt.)
- Bandage this washcloth to the affected part for a couple of hours, then remove it.
- Reapply as needed.
Potatoes can bring down the itching and inflammation, largely due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. In addition, it keeps the affected area moisturized to encourage quick healing.
- Peel 1 large potato and wash it thoroughly.
- Grate the potato using a grater.
- Put a handful of the wet potato shreds into a piece of thin cloth and tie it securely.
- Clean the affected area with rubbing alcohol, then put the potato poultice on it.
- Leave it until the potato begins to dry.
- Discard the old potato poultice, and clean the area with warm water.
- Reapply a fresh poultice, repeating until the symptoms are gone.
can neutralize the venom to promote quick recovery. In addition, its strong anti-inflammatory properties can effectively control swelling and inflammation.
- Soak 1 to 2 aspirin tablets in a little water to form a paste.
- Apply this paste on the affected area.
- Leave it on for a couple of hours, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Repeat 1 or 2 more times, if needed..
Is a natural painkiller containing anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. It can promote recovery by reducing pain, swelling and inflammation.
Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder with enough olive oil to form a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder, a handful of thoroughly washed Indian lilac (neem) leaves and a little water in a blender to make a thick paste. Apply it on the affected area, leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
Repeat either of these remedies a few times.
- Lime Juice
Use lemon juice to keep itching, swelling and inflammation at bay. Being a natural astringent, it also helps quickly dry out skin rashes caused by spider bites as well as prevent infection.
Use juice from a fresh lemon and apply it on the affected area using a cotton ball. Let it dry, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- Alternatively, you can take a piece of lemon and rub it against the affected area for 2 to 3 minutes. Wait another 5 minutes, then rinse it off. (local favorite)
9. Aloe Vera
. This gel has natural antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help reduce pain, swelling and itching. It can even aid in faster healing by keeping the affected area moisturized.
- Thoroughly wash an aloe vera leaf.
- Slit it open to extract the gel.
- Apply this fresh gel on the affected area.
- Reapply a few times a day for a few days.
Note: Store the remaining gel in the refrigerator.
Its easy to find as most neighbors have some in the garden
- Monitor the bite for a couple of days to keep a check on how well the symptoms are healing.
- Try to memorize the appearance of the spider that has bitten you. This will help in the treatment plan.
- To prevent spider bites, wear a long-sleeve shirt and pants, a hat, gloves and boots when handling stored boxes or firewood.
- Be extra careful when cleaning out sheds, garages, basements, attics and crawl spaces.
- Inspect and shake out gardening tools that are not in use for a while.
- Keep spiders out of the house by installing tight-fitting screens on windows and door
Repeat either of these remedies a few times.