Home Remedies for Spider Bites
Try as you might to avoid them, spiders are crafty creatures and have a knack for making their way into even the most secure areas. Though few spiders are especially dangerous to people, many of them are venomous. If a spider feels threatened, it won’t hesitate to bite you.There are only two spiders in America that pose a serious threat with their venom: the brown recluse and the black widow. If you are bitten by one of those spiders, stop reading this article and go see a doctor.
Still here? Good! Luckily, most spider bites don’t pose a threat to your life. However, much like bee stings, they can still hurt, swell, and itch. Try these home remedies to alleviate spider bites. However, keep in mind that their success rates will vary and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.
BreadSome people recommend using bread as a venom extractor. The idea is that bread is very absorbent and will draw the venom out when applied to the bite. A slice of boring white bread is generally agreed upon to be your best bet.
IceMuch of the pain from a spider bite is a result of the swelling it causes. As with swelling from bruises or other causes, ice can go a long way towards reducing it. Use an ice pack, or make your own by wrapping ice in a cloth or shirt you don’t mind getting a little messy. Then apply it to the area of the bite for 15 minute increments.
Baking SodaBaking soda is great remedy for itchy, burning sensations you might get from spider venom. Make a paste with baking soda and a little water and rub it directly on to the bite. Leave it on for a few minutes, then wash it off with water. Re-apply after an hour if the sensation persists. A toothpaste heavy with baking soda can also work in a pinch.
Preventing InfectionThe pain from spider bites will usually dwindle away after a few hours or days at most. As with all wounds, however, you need to be careful of infection. An infected wound can cause much more damage than a small spider’s venom. Keep your bite clean by washing it with hot water and soap immediately after getting it. Hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin cream, and other common antibacterials can be used to keep the wound sterile. Cover it with a small bandage to prevent anything getting in.
Your best bet to avoiding spider bites is preventing spiders from getting near you. Check our guide on the most common house spiders, and check back soon for more pest control tips!