How to Get Rid of Spider Bites?

It might be a bit misleading to say that we can “get rid of” spider bites. It would be more accurate to say that we can do some things to prevent spider bites. We can also take steps to treat spider bites and reduce the pain and discomfort. It’s important to understand the types of spiders that can inflict pain and create serious health problems with their bites.

You may be bitten by a spider whose bite only causes some inflammation, itching and a little swelling. Treating these bites with a mild pain-relieving medicine and some topical cream or lotion will usually be enough. Most of the unpleasant symptoms should disappear within a few days. However, if you are bitten by a brown recluse spider or black widow spider, you may be in for a bit more trouble.

Serious Health Problems
Some people may react strongly to bites from spiders that are harmless to most individuals. If they have an allergy to such bites, they should immediately address this with their doctor. Of course, steps should be taken to rid the home and property of spiders.

Get Rid of Spider BitesBlack widow spiders and brown recluse spiders are another story altogether. Many people will react to bites from these spiders in an extreme way. Individuals may have difficulty breathing and they may become nauseous or even vomit. Dizziness and general weakness are two common symptoms of bites from these two spiders. The first thing to do is go to a doctor! Don’t try to “treat” black widow or brown recluse bites on your own!

Other Spiders
If the bite leads to less-harmful symptoms, such as slight itching and some redness around the bite, you can probably take care of this without medical assistance. First of all, try to catch the spider that inflicted the bite. This will help you and a doctor determine if the bite can be a real threat to your health. But don’t chase after a spider instead of getting treatment for the bit immediately.

It’s important to stay calm. Try to keep your breathing and heart rate from increasing if at all possible, because this will only cause the spider’s venom to spread more rapidly. Even if it doesn’t cause you serious problems, spreading the venom can cause more redness and itching.

Clean and Cool
With any injury, it’s important to make sure the wound is clean. Clear water and mild soap will usually take care of this. If the water is cool, it may also help reduce swelling. Place ice in a soft cloth and put it directly on the bite. This should help keep the swelling down and may reduce inflammation. Occasionally applications of ice over a few hours will provide some relief from the itching, swelling and redness.

Finally, you can reduce some of the pain and itchiness with mild pain relievers and antihistamine products such as Benadryl. You can also apply products that supply a local anesthetic (Solarcaine, for example) or rub the area gently with a hydrocortisone cream.

Category: Home & Garden, Pest Control

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