Spider Bite Remedies

Hydrogen Peroxide  

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Posted by Marsha (Jacksonville, Oregon) on 04/09/2006
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I got bit by a brown recluse on my hand. Every day the scab would change color. It would go from slimy green to slimy yellow in the course of only an hour. So everyday I would pull back the scab and soak it in straight hydrogen peroxide. In six months it healed. If I had not done that it could have grown to a very large wound. But the hydrogen peroxide stopped that. Everytime I did soak it would really bubble. I have used this stuff for everything. It works!


Hydrogen Peroxide, Honey, Witch Hazel  

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Posted by Jackie (Lawrencevile, GA) on 06/15/2009
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Yesterday, I notice my 3yr old son scratching his leg, so I got close to check his leg, I saw a odd insect bite. It didn't look like a mosquito bite, it was about 2 inch, dark red, swollen & firm all around & it was peeling in the center. I show my husband & told me it was a spider bite. He recognizes it because he's had them before. I never seen a spider bite in my life because I lived in FL before moving up here & these things don't come up as often as they do here in GA. So I used hydrogen peroxide to clean the infection, after that I smeared some honey on it & left it to sit. After several hour I notice the swelling going down. I took him a bath before bed time & I dabbed witch hazel on it. Today, I check to see it's progress & I was relieved to see the result. The redness of the bite was fading, it shrunk & he wasn't scratching it anymore. Thank goodness for home remedies!

EC: Everyone should also look at images of MRSA boils to make sure they don't confuse spider bites for these boils!

Here's the google link : http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=MRSA+boils&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=


Iodine  

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Posted by Jcee (California) on 11/05/2014
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Just used topical iodine (in my case, nascient iodine but have used regular drug store topical iodine as well) on a VERY painful, tiny, swelling spider bite on my toe. Could hardly walk. In about fifteen minutes it was 90% better. One hour later and I actually can't feel it anymore. I think the secret is to use it AS SOON as you get bit if possible.


MMS  

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Posted by James (Kent, WA/USA) on 02/11/2009
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Miracle Mineral Supplement: This new supplement used at the 15 drop twice a day dose allowed my body to heal itself from five wolf spider bites within two weeks. In Texas one brown recluse bite could not be cured using oral then intravenous anti-biotics and required surgury to remove the infected area. My research found that the hobo, wolf, and brown recluse spider bites, as well as staph and mrsa infections, all propogate in a very similar flesh eating and tissue destroying manner most likely due more to our weakened, overburdened immune systems (because of toxins accumulated from diet,air,water, ect.), and not because bacteria and spider venoms are evolving into newer stronger forms.This supplement is actually a strong chemical called chlorine dioxide and must be prepared in stages according to specific directions outlined in a book by Jim Humble. I am not a doctor yet, and this is not medical advice of any kind, only a testimony that this supplement used properly apparently removes enough toxins from the body so that it may heal itself and should aid in healing needed for any condition.

EC: Read more about MMS here: http://www.earthclinic.com/supplements/MMS.html


Multiple Remedies  

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Posted by Nancy (New Mexico) on 07/23/2015
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My husband has been bitten twice by a brown. His first bite was between two toes and as the "SPECIALIST" was not available here for a week, he went to our house and hospital in Denver. Again, the ONLY specialist was not available for a week (all must have been at a convention to learn what to do!!! ). Well, as he was driving to Denver, I hit the Google button and developed a protocol, which by the way relied heavily on my Rife therapy. When he arrived a day &1/2 later, the venom reddened his leg up to the knee. To the newly opened hospital and after 3 hours, everyone had never seen this, several took pictures and gave him an antibiotic, then said he would need to see the out of town specialist. In disgust, we left and I went to work.

Here is the long of it: Slathered the entire leg and foot with straight lavender oil (read it neutralizes the gangrene affect of the venom);

Applied straight basil oil to the wound;

Applied an activated charcoal poultice over the wound and bandaged it (local clinic did give him the kit, which can and should be ordered online);

Then, I made him lie on the couch with the leg elevated, put headsets on the leg attached to my computer download and ran the rife program for brown recluse bite, one frequency at a time.

Well, the next morning the infection had gone down to his ankle. We continued this until he saw the specialist, WHO WAS STUNNED AND WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HE DID! At his follow-up appointment, a new nurse wanted to know how he healed it (it now was a localizes blister and was cut out). THE SPECIALIST SAID TO MY HUSBAND "TELL HER WHAT YOU DID. TELL HER WHAT YOU DID!!

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn.
07/24/2015

HI U NANCY, , , , , , I too have a Plasma Rife Machine that I am using to treat my blood cancer. I would like to correspond with you, if possible.

Deirdre has my e-mail address. Thanks

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Posted by Jackie (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada) on 03/04/2012

I love this website been checking it out for quite awhile I decided I needed to post. I was bitten by a spider called the Brown Recluse several times my arm swelled up like a balloon. I checked the Canadian sites, I was surprised they are listed in southern part of Ontario. I was quite sick, fever we called ambulance they transported me to the ER I was given antibiotics I should went right away I lingered for 2 days it is now oozing out of the fang holes what I did is apply tree oil to keep it clean then I mixed baking soda sea salt and a strong white vinegar I doused my arm with that mixture every couple of hours. It does take the itch away, it is still so painful. On top I had that terrible flu that is going around. The doctor told me that what I was already doing saved me from blood poisoning. We figured he got in from the garage through the back door or from the bananas we bought frm the supermarket. We sprayed the garage and the back entrances , all vents etc it's rare that we have any spiders in the house now on we will keep the back sprayed plus check the grocery bags etc. Thank you for listening Jackie Mac

Replied by Yen
Texas
03/18/2016

Hi, what are you spraying with? Thanks.


Posted by Carmen (Hiwasse, AR) on 06/24/2009
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I was bitten by a brown recluse on Sat. May 30th. It is now June 24th. I went to the Doctor with in 24 hours. They have me Levaquin for the anitbiotic and a pain killer. Then told me to come back the next day for them to lance the blister.

I chose not to go to the same doctor...but went back to a doctor whom had previously treated a bite from the brown recluse years earlier. He said not to lance the blister..and said he would not be giving me the steroid shot he gave me previously. I had been bitten years earlier on the back by a brown recluse which took 5 months to heal.

Well this time I decided to take the matter into my own hands and found this website. I have been using a mixture of antibacterial salve and baking soda... also used activated chacoal. I have switched between the two and mixed the olive leaf extract with the baking soda. I can say I am almost to the point of no longer having dead tissue..and starting the complete healing process. It has still been a painful process however...I truly believe with out the information the wound would've been deeper and taken months longer to heal...and it was in very soft tissue..the belt line.

Replied by Gean
Salina, KS
06/24/2009

Jim Humble, who developed MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement), says that for brown recluse bites, apply desitin and a band-aid. It de-activates the poison. I have never been bitten by a brown recluse, but I would absolutely love to know if someone has tried this and if it works. I have family who has been bitten (before I knew about the desitin cure) and it's very horrible.

Replied by Dawn
Florida
05/19/2016

I got bitten by a recluse spider on my pinky toe 2 weeks ago and they gave me antibiotics the first one didn't seem to work so they switched it makes me feel sick but I still take it. It's purple, should I go to the ER?

Replied by Angela
Oklahoma
05/20/2016

If it's purple it might not be getting good circulation. I would get looked at if it was me.

Replied by Timh Donate

Ky
05/20/2016

A warm Footbath w/ added one spoon of Epsom Salt will help. A Bentonite Clay poultice will help.

Ask your Dr about using an otc Triple Antibiotic Cream as you cannot tolerate the whole body antibiotics.

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Somewhere, Europe
05/20/2016
Replied by Ben
Bremerton Wa
05/19/2016

Brown recluse spider bite is one of the most toxic of venoms known. It is a necrotizing poison meaning it causes the tissues to literally rot away. Very close attention needs given to any spider bite as they can get very serious in a hurry. Many people have lost entire arms or legs due to an uncontrollable infection.

A friend of mine thought he was a tough logger not afraid of a teensie weensie spider. Well 3 days after being bitten he was rushed to the er, a pic line of antibiotics was sent straight to his heart and the doctor said well dude we got a bad case of gangrene going here. Sorry but we are going to have to cut your leg off if we can not get the infection under control

At that point the logger realized exactly how serious a spider bite can be.

43,000 dollars later he walked out of the hospital, the doctor saved his leg.

Fyi if you are in a remote area far from medical care apply full strength dmso to the spider bite several times a day. Dmso has an ability to deactivate the toxins in spider venom

Always seek professional help with spider bites and stay in close contact with your doctor.

Replied by Kary H.
North Carolina
05/23/2016

Tea Tree oil, my husband got bit in his sleep


Posted by Storm (Tempe, AZ) on 05/11/2009
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Arizona recluse spider bite: I read each and every testimonial about spider bites in this very resourceful site. I woke in the middle of the night with an itchy and raised area on my back. I thought it may have been a misquito until I looked in the mirror the next morning. It looked just like the "bull's eye" red rings with white around it as described in some of these paragraphs above. It had a white funnel shaped center and was about the size of a quarter.

I immediately put rubbing alchohol on it and that burned the site. Then I forgot about it for a couple days while busy at work. It continued to weep and itch with a sticky substance at the site. That is when I started to research "spider bites" on the web and found this awesome site. I immediately went to a health food store and purchased some activated charcoal capsules. I made a paste with water and applied it to the site and bandaged it as the charcoal stains. I did this 3 times for 3 days. I also took a couple of capsules of the charcoal by mouth for several days as I felt nauseous and it helped calm my stomach. Then I read where someone mentioned getting a permanent "tatoo" impression from the charcoal so I switched to baking soda. I could feel it working immediately into the site. I used the baking soda covered with a bandage for another 3 days and saw the redness start to disappaint for the 1st time. The size of the bite never got any bigger but the redness would not subside for about 10 days or so. Then I started to use an organic "witch hazel" from the health food store that was labeled as a "medicated superhazel". It was a "topical pain reliever" that included aloe vera, Calendula, Clove, Grapefruit seed, Peppermint oil and witch hazel. It felt so right and good. I saw dramatic results within hours. The redness started to tone down and the next day the "bull's eye" circle was smaller. It has continued to improve each day dramatically and after 3 days of using this super witch hazel it is almost disappeared. The center has formed a dark scab that is tiny and the surrounding bite site has almost disappeared entirely. I used the witch hazel with a cotton ball and applied it approx. 3-4 times, daily. I will continue to use this until it is gone. If I had to do it over again I think I would eliminate the charcoal poltice as it is very messy and stains everything. I think the baking soda does the same trick of pulling out the poison. I would take the charcoal, orally, though as I do believe it soaks up the venom in your system. I waited too long before starting the process and think if I used the baking soda in combination with the medicated witch hazel it would have improved the 1st week. I am going into week 3 and feel really good that I found this web site. Thanks everyone who has added comments.


Oregano Oil  

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Posted by Redclary (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 08/11/2012
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I have used the absolute best remedy for spider bites that I have seen in 62 years. My granddaughter was bitten on the back of her thigh and was scratching yet didn't know what it was. The bite was swollen and had a red infection about 3 in. Around the bite. I put oil of oregano around it and put a large bandaid on it. The next morning I checked it and all of the infection was gone with just the small red bite mark left. She showered and we put another large bandaid with oil of oregano on the pad on. The next day it only had a small darkened area aroung the bite. This bite cleared up without any scar at all.

I was able to use oil of oregano again when I was bitten. My husband said the bite was infected with red area around the bite about 4 in. wide. Again we used the oil of oregano and a large bandaid. It took 4 days to clear but I had no itching, infection, or scaring to deal with.

Replied by Aromatherapy Teacher
Usa
05/15/2016

Oregano oil has many broad antibiotic capabilities. Get a medical or therapeutic grade for body use.

However, straight oregano oil can "burn" the skin - especially for sensitive areas, sensitive people, young and senior people. You can prepare the skin for the oregano oil by putting some pure vegetable oil on first. Olive oil from the kitchen is good - or any other available oil from your kitchen. Most massage oils are also good.

THEN apply the oregano oil. Go slow - start with a drop or two to be sure your skin won't react to the oil.

Alternatively, you can mix some oregano oil with the olive or other carrier oil. Then apply it to the site.

Avoid eyes and mucus area of the bodies.

IF you do develop a sensitive or burning skin reaction to the oregano oil, use the olive (or similar) oil on the site to dilute the oregano oil. Essential oils cannot be washed off with water. They must be diluted onsite with a carrier/vegetable oil.

Medical/therapeutic grade lavender oil can be used about anywhere on the body without causing any discomfort - for most people.

If you are new to essential oils, best to test a small area first.

Most people can also comfortably and safely apply essential oils to the BOTTOM of the feet.

Differing schools of aromatherapy have different ideas and teachings on where and how to apply essential oils. Know they are strong plant/spirit medicine and do work. Test which approach works on your body by starting slowly and observing your own reactions.

What works on your biology may or may not work on someone else.


Potatoes  

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Posted by Gina (Pueblo, Co) on 04/05/2015
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I have treated several brown recluse bites, both personally and professionally. First, a brown recluse bite looks and acts different than other spider bites, but the remedies that work on them will also work on less venomous bites.

A brown recluse bite will begin to blister and turn purple/black around the bite within a matter of minutes to hours. The black area is usually quite large (1-12 inches across- not usually as small as 1/4 inch) and indicates the area that is being affected by the venom. This is not infection, so antibiotics will have no effect on it. The venom acts to kill the tissue, which will slough off in a layer or chunk, leaving a large open wound. The various remedies mentioned in this post include various items that purport to draw out the venom. The most effective of these, I have found, is the potato poultice.

The easiest and most effective method I have found is to use a starchy potato (Russett, Idaho, or the like. Do not use a waxy potato, like a red or gold potato). Peel the potato or scrub it to get the dirt off. Use a grater to shred the potato like you are making hash browns. Take a handful of the wet potato shreds and place them into a piece of thin cloth, like a handerchief and tie it shut (use a rubber band or twist tie). Use a bit of alcohol on a cotton ball and scrub the bite to break the blister open and disinfect the surface. Place the potato filled cloth on the bite and secure it in place by whatever means necessary. Leave on for several hours, until the potato begins to dry. Discard the old potato where it cannot be eaten by any animals (it can kill them) and repeat with fresh potato. You should notice the purple area fade and get smaller until it is gone, over the course of a day or two. Keep repeating until the purple is all gone. If you stop early, the remaining purple may still slough off. If you see streaks of red, it indicates infection as well as venom so you may need to see a doctor.


Posted by April (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 09/25/2011
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I was bitten several days ago by what we believe was a Hobo spider, it's similar to a brown recluse. As I am one who believes in and practices wholeistic, preventative healthcare, my first reaction was to seek help there. From the following experience, I learned that you should use a combination of folk remedies BUT also a small subdermal shot of steroid to prevent further complications which may lead to a more severe situation.

MY STORY... At day 3 after the two bites, we began noticing some disturbing changes in the bites. They grew from the size of a pencil eraser to a nickel/quarter size and became blistery with a raw fleshy look and with a dark center. I began researching on the web and came across a very interesting article about how veterinarians will treat toxic spider bites on horses by injecting Dexamethasone {a steroid} in small doses around the site of the bite. The article went onto say that vets who know enough about poisonous spider bites also use this same procedure on themselves. With this printed article in hand, I went to an emergency instacare-clinic and was seen by a Dr. who was known for his treatment of skin ailments & rashes ect... He looked at the bites and suggested only a topical steroid. I mentioned that it had doubled in size overnight and that I would prefer to have the shots. He refused. I asked why and he said, "I just won't do it, I don't have Dexamethasone in the clinic on hand, and even if I did I wouldn't do it because anytime you inject anything in the skin it can cause a problem."

Well, the poisonous spider's venum and bacteria was now eating my flesh started the problem, certainly from the evidence stated in the article a small steroid shot couldn't make things much worse. He tried to placate me and said, "I could be wrong but I doubt it, if it gets worse by tomorrow you could always come back in. I chuckled inside, come back in pay another $50 00 and not have you do anything different than what you are willing to do right now!

I had read several senarious on the web of this very thing happening because many doctors don't have the answers. I filled the topic steroid ointment that he prescribed went home put it on as directed. The next morning the bites had grown even larger, much more blistering was occuring and you could see where the initial bites were the flesh was sinking in {cratering}. My husband who has a medical background took one look and was surprised at what was happening even with the strong steroid cream. We found someone who would give the shot and I began wrapping sliced potatoes on my leg to draw out the venom. I changed them almost every 40 minutes for the first evening and through out the night I changed twice. After about 5 hours you could see that the bites were no longer growing and were healing. We were both surprised. I wanted to avoid taking an antibiotic if possible which I know would have been the course if I had not stopped the direction we were headed. I have included the link for the "article" below, it is impressive how many people have been helped by this simple, non-dangerous approach but doctors don't know about it. I believe that there are times when a combination of folk medicine and prescription drugs are the best path. After reading many stories of bites that took months, 3 to 4 to heal and close, I don't think you want to mess around with toxic spider bites.

HERE IS THE LINK: http://www.badspiderbites.com/spider-bite-treatment/


Posted by Lynn (Windsor, Canada) on 06/28/2008
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Got 4 brown recluse spider bites on my arm while cleaning our shed. After 3 days went to Dr. and was given antibiotics to combat any other infection that might happen (I'm diabetic)...but Dr. said nothing can be done about the venom. 2 wounds were size of 1/2 dollar, 2 size of dime. Blistering and oozing and scabs (2 were black)occured and new blisters formed (no infection just clear fluid oozing) Did have 3 new sites of blister form possibly from the oozed fluid spreading the toxin. These new sites are not bites. Am now covering wounds with large bandaids.By day 5 tried topical creams, baking soda paste (not at the same time). While they kept the wounds from getting bigger they did not make it smaller or look any different. Found your website and am now doing potato poltice. Did break blisters and got as much scab off as possible before putting potato slices on. It is working, hooray!! And in only a few hours. Been a week looking for something that works. Right now the wounds have lost the redness, puffiness and don't feel warmer than the rest of me. Will let you know how I am in a few days. Was really worried as these bites were not healing and slowly getting worse. Will try salt tomorrow (maybe salt the potato slices, eh!).

Replied by Lynn
Windsor, Canada
06/30/2008

Hi again. My 4 spider bites are much improved. Did try salt on potato slices on 2 bites and plain potato slices on the other two. No difference in results. Have since cleaned bite wounds and redid all sites of blisters for overnight. It is amazing...great results. This is day 9 since getting biten and the bites are now healing and show no sign of still having venom. I'm sure the Dr's antibiotic has warded off any other type of infection also. I am so relieved! After 2 1/2 days of doing the potato slices (first for a few hours and then 2 nights of leaving them on) to see amazing results and healing I am thrilled. Hope this helps someone else.


Posted by Jason (Atkins, AR) on 06/09/2008
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I got a spider bite on the back of my arm and in just a few days my arm was swelled and I had a big knot with a big white, yellow, greenish, center. I got on the earth clinic site and seen to scrap the top cut a potato and put on it. I did and was amazed at how fast it pulled all of the junk out of my arm. The potato is the only way to go in my opinion. Thanks yall are a life saver.

EC: Glad to hear the remedy worked.  However, we still have to warn folks to be careful that a spider bite isn't, in fact, Staph or MRSA.  We know two people here in Atlanta in the past month who misdiagnosed staph infections for spider bites!!


Posted by Chrystle (Sandpoint, Idaho) on 09/14/2007
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When I was in high school I was bitten by (I believe) a brown recluse. I went to the doctor with in a couple of days but they didn't know what type of bite it was or what to do about it. A family friend suggested I take a Potato and slice it. then clean the top of the bite so it's open and put the potato on it. The starch in the potato will draw out the venom. I tried it and it worked great!! The other thing the family friend suggested was to crush up flax seeds in a mortar and pestle until it was like a paste and put that on top of the bite. The flax seed would do the same as the potato.


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Posted by Jimbo (Talisay, Philippines) on 03/17/2011
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I live in philippines and was bitten by spider, next morning woke up with red streaks and swelling of leg, when I got back home I appled a poultice made of tobbaco, charcoal, honey and chopped up garlic, and put on bite coverd with a peice of banana leaf, sitting at computer about 3 hours later and could see trickle running down my leg, at first I thought it was the honey but is just kept oozing out, that evening my swelling diapeared and so did the red streaks, but the bite had opened into a sore about 3/8 of inch across and swelled up like a boil, I did this for 2 days and it had pulled all of the infection or poison out, don t know wat kind of spider it was



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