Most spiders are venomous and can cause nasty bites. The bites of Black Widow and Brown Recluse Spiders are especially notorious and it is best to seek immediate medical attention for them. How long a spider bite takes to heal depends on the individual as well as how deep the venom has spread. It is very important to identify the spider bite first so you can begin treatment antibiotics. You must also keep spider bite monitoring for changes and improvement. Additionally, use the following remedies to treat spider bite blisters and draw the poison out.
1. Identify the spider bite
Black widow spider bites can cause serious symptoms. The potent neurotoxin in their venom can lead to muscle cramps, headaches, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Seek immediate medical help if that is the case. Your doctor will administer a muscle relaxant, and/or calcium gluconate injections. In case of very severe reaction, you might need anti-venom. Brown recluse spider bites do not cause any noticeable symptoms at least in the beginning. However, within 3 days, there may be blisters at the bite site and the skin tissue might appear to die off. The resulting ulceration can be very painful and can cause scarring. See your doctor immediately to minimize damage.
2. Wash the wound
Wash the spider bite under running water. This will help you draw the poison out. Next, apply an antiseptic cream to the blister to disinfect the wound.
3. Apply ice
You must treat a spider bite as you would treat any other insect bite. The best thing to do is to ease the pain and reduce swelling by numbing the skin. Apply an ice pack to the blister so that the venom does not go deeper and the pain stops quickly.
4. Baking soda
You can banish the pain and swelling of spider bites with baking soda. Baking soda neutralizes the venom and all you need to do is make a paste of it in water and apply it on the bite. Allow the paste to dry. Reapply as needed to prevent itchiness and swelling. This remedy can prevent spider bite infection.
5. Essential oils for spider bite blister
Many essential oils speed up the healing of a spider bite to give you relief overnight. Two prominent oils are Lavender and Chamomile. They soothe the itch, pain and swelling owing to their anti-inflammatory properties. Lavender oil also has an antibacterial action that can prevent spider bite infection. Here is an easy DIY essential oil blend for spider bite:
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil
- 1 tsp rubbing alcohol
In a small glass bowl, take the alcohol and add the essential oils. Stir to combine. Use a sterile cotton wool to apply the blend to the spider bite. Repeat this treatment 3-4 times a day until the blister is healed.
6. Castor oil and Tea tree oil
You can also apply a blend of Castor oil and Tea tree oil to the bitten region to speed up healing.
7. Oil of Oregano
Essential oil of Oregano is another powerful remedy to soothe insect bites and spider bites. Apply the oil, undiluted on the bite to soothe itch and pain.
8. Activated charcoal
Activated charcoal reduces the duration of healing in case of insect bites. Apply paste of activated charcoal in water to the bite site to draw out toxins. You also need to take activated charcoal pills to detoxify the system internally and speed up healing.
Apply raw, organic honey or manuka honey to the spider bite infection. Honey’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties prevent swelling and pain and also speed up the healing process. Take honey internally and also apply it topically to the bite site.
Grate raw potatoes and apply the juice on the painful bitten skin. The juice binds to the venom and draws it out. It also soothes the skin and prevents blisters, swelling and itchiness.
11. Tea bags
Brew some tea and apply the used warm tea bags gently on the spider bite blister. This remedy will heal the spider bite overnight and give you much needed relief.
12. Take Echinacea
Echinacea is a powerful herbal remedy that boosts immunity and fights inflammation in the body. Take Echinacea capsules and also apply the tincture on the swelling to prevent the venom from going deeper.
13. Epsom salt soak
Soak the bitten area in warm water mixed with Epsom salts. This remedy soothes the itch, pain and swelling. You can also add a cupful of Epsom salts to bath water and soak in it for 20 minutes.
Iodine tincture or cream helps draw out the venom and stops all kinds of infections. Apply Lugol’s iodine to the bite mark several times a day to speed up healing.
Crush some Aspirin tablets in water and apply the paste to the spider bite. The salicylates in Aspirin stop pain, itchiness and swelling and speed up the healing process.
16. Vitamin C
In order to prevent a visit to the emergency room following a spider bite, you must immediately begin Vitamin C therapy. Take high dose vitamin C (at least 2 grams) every few hours until the pain goes down. Some people experience severe diarrhea with high doses of vitamin C, so use this spider bite remedy with caution.
Make a mixture or turmeric powder with olive oil. Apply the paste on the bite and cover up with a bandage. Repeat this remedy several times a day over the next 3-4 days. Turmeric is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and draws the poison out to speed up healing process.
18. Hydrogen peroxide
Wipe the insect bite or spider bite with food grade hydrogen peroxide solution. Then apply honey. Cover the bite with a bandage. This remedy draws out redness and pain to speed up healing.
19. Witch hazel
Apply some witch hazel to the blisters every few hours. Witch hazel has astringent properties that draw out the venom and speed up recovery.
Spider bite treatment antibiotics can have adverse effects on your body including nausea, vomiting etc. You can take garlic instead which has natural antibiotic properties. Eat plenty of raw garlic and also apply crushed garlic cloves on the bitten area. This remedy will draw out the toxic venom and reduce itchiness, pain and redness.
21. Sulfur powder
Hospitals treat black widow spider bites with antibiotic creams containing sulfur. Apply sulfur powder or cream to the bite marks to reduce pain and quickly heal the torn skin.
Pour neat, undiluted vodka liberally on the spider bites. This remedy prevents swelling, itching, oozing and blistering and heals the skin within a few weeks.
Try these 22 spider bite natural remedies to prevent complications and soothe the itch.