How to Treat a Spider Bite Naturally

D. W. SmithStarred Page By D. W. Smith, 19th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Treating a spider bite with home remedies can be safe and economical if performed properly.

The Danger of Spider Bites

Spider bites can be dangerous, and some can be deadly. All spiders are venemous, but not all spider venom is dangerous to humans and animals. Quickly recognizing and treating a spider bite can save a lot of pain later on.

It's helpful to know what kind of spider bit you. The two most well-known venemous spiders are black widow and brown recluse, but there are other dangerous spiders as well.

Black Widow and Brown Recluse Bites

Black widow spider bites are rarely lethal, but are very serious. If you have been bitten by a spider in the widow family, you will quickly experience intense pain. Widow spider venom is a neurotoxin, which affects nerves, causing muscles to go into very painful spasms. You will likely need to see a doctor for muscle relaxants and powerful pain medicines. Hospitalization may be necessary.

Brown recluse venom causes skin necrosis. The first symptom is redness, followed by intense pain at the bite site. A blister may form, which will slough off and leave a larger, deep ulceration. It may appear only as a small pus-filled pimple. You may also experience fever, nausea, listlessness, or a rash.

Quick Treatment is Essential

If you have an ulcerating spider bite, don't wait until it has eaten off a large part of your skin. Starting treatment when it is very small can save your a lot of unnecessary pain and scarring.

Clean the bite thoroughly with soap and water and wipe down the site with peroxide or rubbing alcohol.

DISCLAIMER: This is not an FDA approved treatment, and the writer nor the site make any claims or guarantees in regard to this treatment.

WARNING: If you run a high fever, pain that cannot be relieved by OTC medicines or have violent vomiting, it is best to go to a doctor or hospital immediately. Home remedies don't work for everyone, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Poultice to Neutralize the Poison

Mix together 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tsp. regular household chlorine bleach and 1 tsp. of water. Use as a poultice over the bite site, trying to only cover the actual bite, not the skin around it. This will burn, so you may want to apply an ice cube to the site first to freeze it. Leave this on for at least 30 minutes. If it is too painful, take it off, reapply the ice cube, then reapply the poultice.

The theory is that the chlorine bleach cauterizes the wound and the baking soda neutralizes the acid-based spider poison. From personal experience, this does seem to stop the bite from progressing much, although it is not an instant cure.

Drawing Out the Venom

To draw out the venom, you will need icthammol. It is sold at CVS drug stores and online. Ichthammol is a black, smelly drawing salve made from oil shale. Put a small blob of ichthammol on the bite and cover with gauze and tape or gauze and a large bandage. Leave this on overnight.

If you can not find ichthammol, plantain leaves can be used to make a poultice to draw out the poison. Plantain grows in most areas of the world, but if it is not common in your area, plantain leaves are available from most health food stores that sell bulk or medicinal herbs.

Daily Care

Every morning, remove the bandage and clean the site with peroxide several times. you will see a spot on the bandage where the ichthammol has drawn out poison and infection. The hydrogen peroxide may burn, but will not be terribly painful. Reapply the ichthammol and re-bandage.

Protect the bandage from getting dirty by wrapping it with an ace bandage or covering with clothing. If the bandage does get dirty or wet, remove it, clean the site, reapply the treatment and a new bandage.

If the adhesive from the bandage irritates your skin, you can use cloth tape. Because cloth tape doesn't hold as well, you may have to wrap it with an ace bandage or use some other method to keep it on.

Healing Time

Following this routine daily, it can take from three weeks to a month for the wound to begin to heal well. Initially, the bite may look as if it is worsening, but if the bite crater is not getting larger, it is simply a stage of healing. Scabs and blisters may form around the outside of the crater. This is part of the healing process. Some bite wounds take more than two months to heal completely, so as long as it isn't getting worse, be patient.

During the treatment, resist the urge to remove the dead, white lump of skin from the inside of the bite site. This wil leave an empty crater in your skin, and make it harder to heal. The dead skin wil be re-absorbed by your body if you simply leave it where it is, and will not affect the healing at all. This may leave a smaller scar than if you remove it.

When the site starts to itch and heal, apply antibiotic ointment and leave the site uncovered whenever possible.


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D. W. Smith writes about a variety of subjects, including computers, blogging and software. D. W. lives in the southern U.S. and loves the outdoors.

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author avatar Patrice Campbell
20th Jul 2010 (#)

Great advice from an expert. A star page for sure.

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author avatar Charlotte Raynor
20th Jul 2010 (#)

Very interesting article!

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author avatar D. W. Smith
20th Jul 2010 (#)

Yeah, I know a little about spider bites now, that's for sure!

Thanks, Charlotte.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Jul 2010 (#)

I was once bitten by a spider and it took weeks for the bite mark to go away.

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author avatar D. W. Smith
20th Jul 2010 (#)

From everything I've read, they can take years to fade completely.

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author avatar emmy19
21st Jul 2010 (#)

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author avatar M. J. Joachim
23rd Jul 2010 (#)

I was bitten by what I'm sure was a brown recluse in my sleep several years ago. Luckily for me, it bit on the appendage side of my wedding ring. my finger swelled up horribly and the ring acted like a tourniquet and kept the poison from affecting the rest of my hand. It was painful and I never would have thought of cinching off a spider bite, but I'm really glad it happened by accident.

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author avatar Robbie
6th Aug 2011 (#)

We were camping and fishing. Not sure if I was bit during the night or early morning while fishing. The site became extremely itchy, by the time we reached home, about 3 hours later the site of the biite had become enflamed and b y evening there was a red blush over the size of a quarter moving down my leg. The bite is on the back of my calf where I can't see it that well. It burns. It is swelling my calf. We put black sauve on it all night but it doesn't seem to have done anything. I need advice.

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author avatar Megan
21st Sep 2012 (#)

I was bitten by what I believe was a spider. I don't know what kind but I lanced it and the ball that I felt under the bite shrank as the venom came out. I don'tknow what else to do but any advice would be welcome.

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author avatar Maggie I
30th Dec 2012 (#)

Epson salts, soak for 30 minutes, 1/2 cup to warm water. See my comment.

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author avatar Maggie I
30th Dec 2012 (#)

Brown Recluse spiders are very small, they sometimes hide in clothing. I put on a jacket, by the time I walked to my car, 2 minutes tops, I felt a itching-stinging pain in my ring finger. I suspected I was bitten my a spider, we live in Iowa and the brown recluse are common. After doing about 3 hours of errands, I returned home, my finger was in pain the entire 3 hours, tolarable, but yet painful. I noticed the bite area had developed a puss pocket like a small pimple, I immediately went in my bathroom, I just happen to keep a bag of Epson salts on hand at all times, Epson salts can be purchased at Walgreens, Walmart etc, costs about $2.99 for a lg bag. I lanced the top and then mixed in a small bowl about 1/2 cup Epson salts with warm water. I submerged my hand in the water, soaked it for 30 minutes, but it was about 15 minutes before the pain subsided. After 30 minutes I pulled out the finger, put some antibodic cream on the bite area and put a bandaid on it for a day. The next day, about 12 hours later, I removed the bandaid and the thing was gone, only a slight redness remained and lasted for about a week or less. I swear by Epson salts, it pulls infections out of everything. It's a family secret passed along to me. The next day after the spider bite senerio, I found, down below the coat rack, a small web, I got the flashlight and a jar and sure enough, it was a brown recluse spider. Hope this helps all.

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author avatar Amber
16th May 2017 (#)

Brown Recluses DO NOT spin webs, if you were bitten by a spider that was living on the web, you were not bitten by a brown recluse.

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author avatar Michelle
17th Feb 2013 (#)

Thank you thank you thank you..I was bitten last month by a recluse. I followed your ichthammol regimine for two solid weeks. After one month I only have a small spot the size of a pencil eraser. I am thankful for your remedy. I had never heard of ichthammol before. Rather than chlorine I used 35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide to clean and Benadryl daily for the first two weeks. Miracle cure!

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13th Jul 2013 (#)


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author avatar Malee
17th Aug 2013 (#)

You can try making the paste using stabilized chlorine dioxide (MMS, ClōSYS) and baking soda, instead of chlorine bleach. It hurts a lot less (less caustic) yet disinfects just as well.

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author avatar Keaunee Eason
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

I have a bite on my leg but I don't, know what kind of bite it is but it healing thank you Jesus it might be a spider bite it is a small little bite but my leg swollen where the bite is below my knee

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