One way to make the treatment of a bite more effective is by identifying the spider. However, that step is easier said than done. For example, whether we noticed the bite after waking up in a sleeping bag in the wilderness or in our beds at our homes, it's likely the culprit is long gone. We have to do our best to treat the bite from there. These alternative treatments are good to have on-hand when you're camping, hiking or doing any other activity outdoors.
If ice is available, apply it to the location of the bite while waiting to begin alternative treatments.
Below are a few of the best for healing venomous wounds.
Activated charcoal, or active carbon, has numerous pores that trap chemicals inside of them. When a paste of active carbon and water is applied to a spider bite, it will trap the venom. Creating a thick paste that is applied to the affected area for up to four hours is the most effective way to use activated charcoal.
Bentonite clay can be used in a similar manner as the active carbon. Create a poultice with plain water and bentonite clay. Apply to the location of the bite and gently bind it with a damp piece of gauze. Change every two hours.
A plantain poultice is also helpful in treating spider bites. The liquid found in the plantain leaf will draw out toxins by constricting the cells affected by the toxin. Apply and loosely wrap the area with gauze or cover with a large bandage. Replace regularly.
Slippery elm is valuable in treating spider bites naturally. The inner bark can be used to create a poultice to reduce swelling and help manage pain. In addition to poultices, slippery elm bark can be decocted into an antiseptic wash, useful for bathing infected bites.
A natural antibacterial agent, honey, added to any poultice or as a pack itself, will encourage the healing process to begin. Additionally, peppermint oil, when properly diluted with a carrier oil, also speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation in the area to which it is applied.
Between applications of poultices, it is helpful to soak the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes in a mineral salt bath.
Echinacea, taken in capsule form or as a tea, will bolster your immune system and has long been used to treat venomous snake bites; it also works well on spider bites.
*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or cure any particular health condition. Please consult with a qualified health professional first.
Have you tried any of these alternative healing solutions on a spider bite? Let us know if there are any others we should add to the list!
Article Source: Off The Grid News