Spiders are often considered to be some of the scariest critters on the planet. The fear that many people have of them is irrational, for the most part, though there are spiders out there that can do you harm. If you have been bitten by a spider, it's best to assume that there may be venom involved. Follow these steps to deal with such a bite in a natural, organic fashion.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Cotton ball Cloth rag Soap Water Vinegar Witch hazel Plastic jar
If at all possible, catch the spider that bit you. If it turns out to be poisonous, you're going to want to have it around when you go to the doctor. Not all spider bites are the same and the medicine you will get from a doctor may depend on the type of spider that bit you.
Clean the bite with cool water and soap. This will help to get rid of some of the venom and will also begin to disinfect the wound, or prevent it from infection in the near future.
Dab some vinegar onto a cotton ball. Apply this to the spider bite. The vinegar will start to soothe the pain of the bite. Keep the vinegar on the bite until the pain is gone.
Soak a rag in some witch hazel extract that can be found at local natural health stores. Witch hazel is a natural astringent that is commonly used on insect bites.
Apply a bag of ice to the spider bite. This will help keep the swelling down and also keep the itchiness that comes with a spider bite to a minimum.
Call the doctor. If you think the spider bite is poisonous or beginning to get infected, go to the doctor immediately. Remember to bring the spider along if you were able to get a hold of it.
Tips and warnings
- Remember to always stay calm when a spider bites you. Panicking will only make the situation worse and can actually promote further swelling of the wound due to increased circulation and anxiety.