Generally speaking, spider bites are not very harmful unless they are by very poisonous varieties of spiders such as the black widow, hobo spider or the brown recluse. But they do cause pain, discomfort and scare!
What we need to keep in mind in such situations is not to panic; there is absolutely no need to rush to the hospital or go to doctor urgently because you can easily treat most of the spider bites with first aid using readily available items at home.
There are a number of things that you have handy at home, which can be used to treat spider bites. However, even before you start with these, it is important to wash the affected area with soap and running water. If you have hydrogen peroxide at home you can also clean the area with that. Thereafter, proceed to use any of the following items that you may have handy –
Dried or even fresh basil leaves are very helpful in reducing the itching in that area and should be used by rubbing on the affected part.
Cabbage leaves are very helpful in reducing the swelling. Therefore, they can be used by cutting them into small pieces or using a whole slice of cabbage and tying a bandage or piece of plaster around it to secure it.
Activated Charcoal Powder
Activated charcoal is a very important remedy for treatment of painful spider bites and can be used by making a paste and applying it onto the affected area every 2 to 3 hours and applied regularly for 1 or 2 days till such time the swelling shrinks and what is left of it is just a small scab.
Baking soda is a common kitchen item in all households and hence it forms a very important remedy in treatment of not only spider bites but also any type of insect bites. What you should do is just make a paste out of baking soda using it in quantity of 3 is to 1 and smear it on top of the bite. Another way to use it is also by making a poultice of mixture containing baking soda mixed in butter. When applied on affected area it relieves swelling as well as itching thus leading to quicker cure.
Use of ice pack and cold water
Using ice pack or cold water has always been a traditional method of relieving any problem related to inflammation and it thus forms important mode of first aid treatment during the insect bites as well as spider bites especially in cases where there is marked inflammation.