10 Ways To Treat Spider Bites

So you’ve been bit by a creepy-looking spider, don’t freak out! Most spider bites aren’t life-threatening, though they may cause some weird symptoms. And no, they won’t give you superpowers, so don’t even try to get bit yourself.

There are several ways to treat bite wounds that are pretty simple and easy. Here are a few of them…

1. Rinse The Affected Area

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First, be sure to waste no time cleaning the affected area after getting bit. Wash the bite area well with mild, antibacterial soap and clean water, then dry it with a clean towel. If the bite was on an arm or leg, try to elevate the area for a few minutes.

Let it cool off for a while…

2. Place Cold Compress

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Applying an ice pack or cold compress on the affected area for 15 minutes relieves the pain around the area. It also helps the swelling subside. Repeat the procedure every hour or as needed to achieve better results.

In order to treat spider bites, there are many topical creams on the market…

3. Apply Topical Medication

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Calamine lotion is a go-to remedy for insect bites, especially spider bites. Gently apply an ample amount to relieve the pain. If the bite area becomes itchy, take antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec).

If you don’t have those, try this instead…

4. Use Baking Soda And Water

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Baking soda is truly a jack-of-all-trades household item that has many purposes, like relieving painful insect bites. Create a baking soda paste by mixing three parts baking soda and one part water and apply it every day until the area heals.

Never underestimate the power of your cupboard stash…

5. Other Home Remedies

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That seemingly ordinary house item might be your savior. For example, turmeric paste (mixing water with turmeric powder) and aloe vera extract contain anti-inflammatory properties that soothe pain and swelling.

No matter how hard it is, you need to fight the urge to itch…

6. Don’t Touch The Bite Area

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For the most part, the bite area tends to get itchy now and then, but unless you’re applying medication to it, refrain from touching it at all costs. Scratching the bite can make it itchier or more painful to the touch.

If the pain is on a high, use these…

7. Use Painkillers

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Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) can help relieve painful flareups. Babies and children who have spider bites can also take them, but make sure to follow dosing instructions carefully.

Sometimes you need extra reinforcement…

8. Take Antivenom Shots

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Antivenom injections are given to certain spider bites like the brown recluse and black widow spiders, as their venom is considered highly toxic and even fatal to humans. Ergo, it’s crucial to administer them immediately to save lives.

If the symptoms still haven’t worn off…

9. Seek Medical Attention

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Suppose all the preliminary treatments haven’t worked and you’ve begun to experience other symptoms. In that case, it’s essential to seek immediate medical attention to figure out how to remedy the situation.

The following could also be an option…

10. Surgery

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The bite of a brown recluse spider can sometimes be severe to the point that it causes skin necrosis or tissue death. Surgical procedures are often conducted to remove them in order to prevent the possible spreading of the lesions.

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