Here’s What to Do in Case of Swelling From a Spider Bite

Not sure what to do about swelling from a spider bite? Here are some tips on how to get the swelling down.

Symptoms of a spider bite

Spiders are members of the arachnid family, and they can sometimes bite when they try to defend themselves. A spider bite can usually be recognised by two dots at the site of the bite created by the spider using its two mandibles.

A spider bite usually causes a small, slightly swollen spot to appear. In most cases, this spot will disappear after a few days. Most spiders in Europe are harmless, with the exception of the Brown Recluse, native to North America, the Black Widow, and the European, or Mediterranean Black Widow.

On the other hand, in tropical countries, there are many spiders that can be very dangerous to humans.

Treating a spider bite

A spider bite usually causes redness, pain, itching, and swelling of the skin. However, with some people who are allergic to the venom, a spider bite can lead to complications such as severe swelling.

To treat a spider bite, disinfecting it is recommended, and then apply a cream to soothe the irritation. In case of allergy, antihistamines can be used, upon medical prescription.

Finally, in the event of a bite when one has a dangerous allergy, it is important to contact the emergency services who can administer an anti-venom.

Traditional ways of treating a spider bite

For all insect bites or stings, white vinegar and cider vinegar are remedies that can help to soothe the pain. It is easy to use: simply apply some to the bite using a compress.

Lavender aspic essential oil is another way to soothe a spider bite. Mix 2 drops of essential oil with a few drops of neutral vegetable oil, then apply this mixture to the bite by massaging lightly. This essential oil will then calm the inflammation.

Finally, green clay is also a remedy recommended to soothe a bite. Mix green clay powder with water to make a paste, then place it on the bite while covering it with a compress. Keep this small poultice on the bite until the symptoms disappear.

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