Sometimes you get a bug bite and you have no idea what on earth bit you. Could it be a mosquito? Was it a spider? Wait, a spider can bite? Yes, unfortunately spiders can bite you and they often strike when you least expect it (like when you’re sleeping).
Spiders do not feed on humans like some biting insects. Spiders usually bite as a defense mechanism. Most spider bites, medically known as arachnidism, are not a matter of concern.
They can cause mild symptoms like limited inflammation, redness, pain and itching. Depending on the type of spider, the symptoms may last a few hours to several days or even weeks.
Here are some species that you mostly can deal with:
- Black Widow
Black and plump with a red hourglass figure on the underside of its abdomen. Mostly these kind of spiders live in the southwest of United States.
- Brown Recluse
Six eyes and a violin shape in its back. Most common in the South and southern Midwest of the United States.
- Wolf Spider
Brown, gray, back or tan with dark markings. They have 2 eyes in the front that are much bigger than their other 6 eyes. Wolf spiders are found almost in every country. They are most common in grasslands and meadows, but they can be in other areas too.
You should not leave the spider bite without any treatment. Here are some helpful and 100% chemical free remedies:
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an effective treatment for spider bites. This alkaline substance can help draw out the venom, which will help reduce pain, itching and inflammation.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water.
- With the help of a cotton ball, apply this mixture on the affected area for 5 minutes.
- Wash the area with lukewarm water.
- If the discomfort persists, repeat after a few hours.
Another easy and effective method is to use a starchy potato. It can bring down the itching and inflammation, mainly due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. In addition, it keeps the affected area moisturized to encourage quick healing.
- Peel 1 large potato and wash it thoroughly.
- Grate the potato using a grater.
- Put a handful of the wet potato shreds into a piece of thin cloth and tie it securely.
- Clean the affected area with rubbing alcohol and then put the potato poultice on it.
- Leave it until the potato begins to dry.
- Discard the old potato poultice, and clean the area with warm water.
- Reapply a fresh poultice, repeating until the symptoms are gone.
Salt is another easy remedy due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It can effectively draw the venom out of a spider bite to promote quick recovery. In addition, it reduces inflammation and redness.
- Wash the affected area thoroughly with lukewarm water.
- Sprinkle some table salt on a wet washcloth. (You can also use kosher or sea salt.)
- Bandage this washcloth to the affected part for a couple of hours, then remove it.
- Reapply as needed.
You have any additional chemical free remedy for this kind of bites? Then, what are you waiting for? Leave them in the comments section below and share this article with your friends and family.