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Home Remedies for Spider Bites

Home Remedies for Spider Bites

What are Spider Bites?

Most of spiders do not bite human on normal circumstances but rather due to their mechanism for defense when being provoked.

When people experience spider bites, normally there are only light reactions such as small swelling with a little bit of itchiness and inflammation[1].

However, there are also deadly poisonous spiders such as Black Widow. It is deadly because their venom can cause harmful consequences for people who are beaten. The consequences can escalate and become severe quickly, follow by chain reactions from local to systemic which can be fatal.

What cause Spider Bites?

There are 3 kinds of spider which are considered as the most poisonous:

  • Black Widow
  • Brown Recluse
  • Tarantula

For black widow spiders, their venom is labeled neurotoxin as it mainly attacks the nervous system[2]. Incidents often happened in the summer and sometimes in early autumn. Their webs are usually spotted under the rocks or logs or even in dark places of your garages. These spiders will not bite unless their webs are disturbed and bothered.

For brown recluse spiders, their venom can cause severe damage and even break down the tissues and skin (necrosis). Their characteristics are also similar to the black widow, but they often enter houses for hunting and hide themselves in dark places[3].

For tarantula, their hair can pierce through skin and inject the victims with their venom.


In case you are beaten by one of those deadly poisonous spiders, there will symptoms such as:

Large swelling with intensive pain as well as stiffness which can lead to muscle spasms

Other symptoms such as having fever or chill coming with abdominal pain which can sometimes lead to vomit, lightheadedness and troubles with breathe.

Normally, bites appear to be harmless at first; however, it can get serious fairly quick after a period of time.

The most important step for treating bites from spiders is that you need to have the bites neutralized immediately and as soon as possible removing the toxins from spiders’ venom.

In case, if you believe that the bites you get is from one of those deadly poisonous spiders above, it is an emergency and you will have to seek helps medically as fast as you can or your life will be in extreme danger.

Here are the top 15 most effective home remedies for spider bites which you can easily apply at home in order to reduce the symptoms of spider bites and improve the healing process…

1. Ice Pack

After being beaten by spiders, immediately cleanse the wound with water and soap. After that, place an ice pack onto the wound. The coldness will help decrease inflammation and swelling, ease the itching feeling through numbing the nerve endings.

How to use:

  • Use a towel to wrap few ice cubes before placing onto the wound for about 10 minutes. Redo for few times within the first 24 hours after being beaten.
  • Another option is place your wound under cold water for couples of minutes.

Note: Avoid placing ice cubes directly onto skin. For more information about the applications of ice pack, please read: Home Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Abscess Tooth.

2. Baking Soda

It can help remove the toxin from venom through alkalization, thus sooth pain and ease inflammation as well as itching sensation[4].

Baking Soda - Home Remedies for Spider Bites

How to use:

  • Make a solution from a teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the solution onto the wound.
  • After 5 minutes, cleanse with warm water.
  • Perform again within few hours in case you still feel uncomfortable.

For information about the benefits and problems which baking soda can treat, please read: Home Remedies for Tinea Versicolor and Scar Removal.

3. Salt

The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in salt can help remove toxin from the venom quickly which can improve the healing as well as reduce redness and ease the inflammation.

Salt - Home Remedies for Spider Bites

How to use:

  • After cleansing the wound with warm water, put some salt on a piece of wet cloth.
  • Use the wet salt cloth to cover the wound for few hours.
  • Perform again if needed.

Salt is a common household item but it can treat multiple problems, you can find out more at: Home Remedies for Neck Pain and Puffy Eyes.

4. Activated Charcoal

The absorption property of activated charcoal is extremely effective at remove toxin of the venom, which significantly promotes a quick healing with decrease in tenderness and inflammation.

How to use:

  • Make a paste from water and activated charcoal. After cleansing the wound carefully, apply the paste onto it and cover using bandage. Perform the procedure for every 3 hours for 1 day. Repeat the process the day after if needed.
  • Another option is taking activate charcoal pills after consulting the doctor.

5. Potato

The soothing and anti-irritating properties from potato can effectively decrease the inflammation as well as the itching sensation and further moisturize the wound area in order to improve the healing[5][6].

Potato - Home Remedies for Spider Bites

How to use:

  • Have a potato washed, peeled and grated.
  • Use a piece of cloth to wrap some wet shreds of potato.
  • After cleansing the wound using alcohol, put the cloth containing potato onto it.
  • After the potato dries out, cleanse the wound area with warm water.
  • Perform the procedure again with fresh potato until the symptoms are mostly reduced.

6. Aspirin

The anti-inflammatory property of aspirin can help neutralize the toxin of venom, thus reduce significantly inflammation and swelling and promote a quick healing.

How to use:

  • Make a paste from water and some aspirin.
  • Directly apply the paste onto the wound.
  • After few hours, cleanse with warm water.
  • Perform again for 1 to 2 times in case you feel needed.

7. Turmeric

The antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties in turmeric are excellent in soothing pain and reduce inflammation as well as pain[7][8].

How to use:

  • Make a paste from turmeric powder and olive oil. Directly apply the paste onto the wound. After about 10 minutes, cleanse with warm water.
  • Another option is add some neem leaves into the process of making paste. Again apply the paste onto the wound. After about 20 minutes, cleanse with warm water.
  • Perform these remedies for couples of time.

8. Lemon Juice

Considered an astringent from nature, it can effectively make skin rashes cause by spiders’ bites dry as well as control infections. The juice also can help reduce itchiness and ease the inflammation and swelling.

Lemon - Home Remedies for Spider Bites

How to use:

  • Extract juice from a lemon and use a cotton ball to apply the juice onto the wound. After the juice dry out, cleanse the wound area with warm water.
  • Another option is taking a fresh piece of lemon and rubbing directly onto the wound. After about 5 minutes, cleanse the area.
  • Perform those remedies for couples of time per day.

9. Aloe Vera

The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in Aloe Vera can moisturize the wound area and sooth any pain or reduce swelling with itchiness[9][10].

How to use:

  • Extract gel from fresh Aloe Vera leaves.
  • Directly apply the gel onto the wound.
  • Perform for few times for couples of day.

10. Peppermint

The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of peppermint are great at decreasing swelling as well as relieving inflammation and pain[11][12]. Itching sensation from spiders’ bites can also be eased with this herb.

How to use:

Extract juice from fresh leaves and rub it onto the wound. After 20 minutes, cleanse with cool water. Perform for 1 to 2 times more if needed.

Another option is put few drops of extracted oil onto the wound for couples of time per day.

Note: Remember to test for peppermint oil allergy by doing a sampling test before applying.

11. Basil

Its leaves can effectively relieve the itching feeling from bites of spiders. You can take few crushed leaves to rub directly on the wound.

12. Cabbage

This vegetable is proven to be very effective against the symptoms of spiders’ bites. Take some cabbage leaves and grate them. Put the grated leaves onto the wound and keep it through the night. It will help you neutralize the toxin and control infections[13].

13. Hydrogen Peroxide

The antibacterial property in it is excellent for treating bites from insects especially spiders. You can use this solution to cleanse the wound area.

14. Antibiotic Cream

The cream or lotion with antibiotic property can treat effectively infections from insect bites especially at small children.

15. Garlic

Garlic - Home Remedies for Spider Bites

It can help you relieve significantly from symptoms of spiders’ bites. You can slice few cloves of garlic and put them directly onto the wound. Use bandage for covering and keep it through the night.

Extra Tips:

  • Keep closed monitor on the wound in order to observe the healing of symptoms.
  • Always try to remember the features of the spiders in order to help identify the correct treatment.
  • Remember to put on clothes which can cover you as much as possible when handling works in dark places or forests. Moreover, take extra caution when clearing out your garages, attics or basements with dark spots.
  • Always check the tools for gardening carefully before starting using.
  • Prevent spiders from enter houses by putting up tight-fitting screens on all doors and windows.
  • Get rid of old clothes or boxes from your storage to inhibit spiders.
  • Avoid placing rocks in your garden.

*Disclaim: The effectiveness from applying these natural tips will be depended on the body condition of the applicant.

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