9. Aloe Vera
You can also use the gel of aloe vera for treating spider bites. This gel has natural antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory and soothing properties that can help reduce pain, swelling and itching. It can even aid in faster healing by keeping the affected area moisturized.
- Thoroughly wash an aloe vera leaf.
- Slit it open to extract the gel.
- Apply this fresh gel on the affected area.
- Reapply a few times a day for a few days.
Note: Store the remaining gel in the refrigerator.
This herb exhibits anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that help relieve pain, swelling and inflammation. It even soothes and calms itchiness caused by spider bites.
- Rub freshly extracted peppermint juice on the affected area. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water. Repeat once or twice more, if needed.
- Alternatively, apply 1 or 2 drops of peppermint oil directly on the affected area 2 or 3 times a day.
Note: Always do a spot test before applying peppermint oil directly on skin.
- Monitor the bite for a couple of days to keep a check on how well the symptoms are healing.
- Try to memorize the appearance of the spider that has bitten you. This will help in the treatment plan.
- To prevent spider bites, wear a long-sleeve shirt and pants, a hat, gloves and boots when handling stored boxes or firewood.
- Be extra careful when cleaning out sheds, garages, basements, attics and crawl spaces.
- Inspect and shake out gardening tools that are not in use for a while.
- Keep spiders out of the house by installing tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
- Discard old boxes, clothing and other unwanted items from storage areas.
- Remove piles of rocks from your garden area.