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Home Remedies for Spider Bites

Neutralizing the bite and eliminating any toxins in the body is the first goal of treating spider bites. Many home remedies are effective for treating such wounds including baking soda, salt and activated charcoal. Other treatment options moisturize and replenish the skin to prevent damage at the site of the wound.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an effective treatment for several different kinds of insect bites. Mixed with water and made into a paste, baking soda can be applied to the site of a bite. The natural wicking ability of baking soda draws out the venom, reducing pain and inflammation.


Salt can also be used to effectively draw the venom out of a spider bite to treat such a wound. Salt also works to eliminate inflammation and redness at the site of the bite. This treatment also prevents infection.

Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is another treatment option that can be used as a poultice for a spider bite or other insect bite. Activated charcoal has innate absorption characteristics that help it effectively draw out and remove toxic substances from the body. This treatment also helps eliminate inflammation and tenderness.

While the vast majority of spider bites are minimally harmful, some bites can cause substantial damage to the affected area and even the rest of the body. Treatments for such wounds focus on drawing the toxins out of the body and treating the site before it develops into a large wound.

Hydrogen peroxide

Spider bite can be treated effectively with the help of hydrogen peroxide. Firstly wash the affected area with the help of water which will sanitize the area effectively and then apply hydrogen peroxide on it.

Hydrogen peroxide acts as an efficient antiseptic for any kind of insect bite. Hence wash the spider bite wound with it in order to disinfect the wound and thereby preventing the poison from entering the skin and thereby reaching the blood.


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Charcoal is good to draw out poison but try Echinacea.

I found a book written by an MD published around 1920 on an Herbal web site: Case studies on snake bites, spiker and other insect bites. Echinacea was the cure. I've experiemented on useage and have found it to be the best thing I have ever come across for almost instant relief and CURE for insect bites. On a mosquito bite, for instance, apply topically with five drops. Apply again in five to ten minutes. Itch and irritation gone.

Another anacdotal: My wife and I had friends over to our house for supper and they brought their 12 year old son. He had a large red bite on his neck... Much larger than a mosquito bite. He kept scratching and rubbing it. His mother said she had thought it was just an insect bite but now was believing a spider was most probable.

I asked permission to use echinacea to treat the wound. I held a poultice of twenty drops on the bite for five minutes and then the boy held it for another ten minutes. I gave him a fresh poultice with another twenty drops when they left and watched him with poultice on his neck as they drove away. That was on a Thursday night as I recall. Sunday at Church, I saw him and the bite redness was gone. You could barely tell anything had been wrong with his neck.'

For snake bites the book I mentioned above discussed the method that the author asserts is good for even the most dangerous North American snakes. He kept repeating that he could only comment on the case studies out of North America because that was the only case studies he had access to. He did not know if echinacea would work on bites of snakes outside America. He had a lot of examples from Texas because that is where he practiced. (The writer was an MD.)

For snake bites, apply an echinacea poultice of forty drops directly to bite, replacing every hour. Also once an hour put five drops of echinacea in water and have victim drink. Have victim drink five drops evey hour for ten hours. Apparently too much echinacea over time consumed internally might create problems and that MD was aware of that but in none of his examples did any side effect come about from the echinacea taken in those quanties for a ten hour period. (He is giving case studies of poisionous snakes and poisionous spiders.)

Now obviously I am not recommending treatment of a snake bite in lieu of seeking immediate medical treatment at an emergency room. But I'd sure take echinacea with me on a wilderness trip. Or I'd use it on my way to an emergency room.