Like most of the insect bites, although a spider bite can be painful, swelling or itchy, most of them can be treated easily without going to the hospital. Here in this article, some home remedies are provided to help you ease the symptoms and prevent infection.
Home remedies for spider bites
Call emergency medical assistance immediately if you are unluckily to have severe allergic reactions like having difficulty in breathing, sweating, vomiting or dizziness.
For common bites, the first thing to do is to remove the insect that spited you, and clean the wound with soap and cool water. This will prevent infection of the bite area.
Apply a cold compress to the bite area for 15-20 minutes. You can apply an ice pack directly to the bite area if available, or you can wrap the ice with washcloth and apply it to the wound. Avoid direct contact between the ice and your skin in case of a cold burn.
Calm down and avoid intensive activity since movement will promote venom circulation in your blood.
Nonprescription medicine can help relieve the itching and swelling. Take an antihistamine, such as Benadryl or Chlor-Trimeton. You can also apply a spray of local anesthetic as an alternative option. But remember to stop if your skin is allergic to it.
Applying hydrocortisone 1% cream or calamine lotion to the bite area can effectively ease the itching and redness. But do not use it on children less than 2 years old.
Tips to prevent future spider bites
Get away a spider on your skin.
Keep your home clean. Remember to clean your house regularly, especially the dark, undisturbed corners where spiders prefer to dwell.
Shake clothes or shoes that have long been put in the closet before wearing.
Wear gloves and pants when you are going to do gardening or working in the attic or basement.