Spider bites can be bad, bad news. If you’ve ever been bitten by a spider, you know that this is true. They often come with itching, swelling, fever, and other nasty effects. The best thing to do is to simply avoid being in a situation where you can receive a spider bite.
But that isn’t always an option, and, if you are in a disaster situation, what are you going to do to deal with a spider bite? Fortunately, there are some natural solutions to this really unpleasant experience.
Offthegridnews.com notes that the first thing to do is to try to identify the type of spider that bit you, though that is not always possible (spider bites can happen while you are sleeping), so that you can take any spider-specific treatment steps. You should, then, apply ice to the area where you were bit to reduce swelling.
From there, apply a paste to attempt to draw the venom out of the bite. Off The Grid News writes,
“Activated charcoal, or active carbon, has numerous pores that trap chemicals inside of them. When a paste of active carbon and water is applied to a spider bite, it will trap the venom and allow it to be washed away while contained in the carbon. Creating a thick paste that is applied to the affected area for up to four hours is the most effective way to use activated charcoal.
“Bentonite clay can be used in a similar manner as the active carbon. Bentonite clay, made of volcanic ash, absorbs toxins, heavy metals and other impurities when used in conjunction with a liquid. Create a poultice with plain water and bentonite clay. Apply to the location of the bite and gently bind it with a damp piece of gauze. Change the dressing every two hours.
“A plantain poultice is also helpful in treating spider bites. Since plantain grows readily in most areas, it is the most likely ingredient to have available in an emergency. Whether ground in a mortar and pestle, or shredded and crushed by hand, the liquid found in the plantain leaf will draw out toxins, such as spider venom, by constricting the cells affected by the toxin. Apply the poultice to the affected area and loosely wrap the area with gauze or cover with a large bandage. Replace the plantain regularly for the greatest effect.”
Other useful steps are to make a wash of slippery elm to help to manage pain and to use honey, either as part of the paste or as a standalone pack for its antibiotic benefits. Additionally, mineral salt baths of the area between applications of the paste will help to draw the venom out of the bite. And drinking echinacea tea can help boost your immune system.
How do you deal with spider bites when “modern” medical treatments aren’t available? Tell us below.