Brown Recluse Spider Bites, What to Do.
Brown Recluse Spider Bites. How to Effectively Treat a bite when there is no medics about, when camping, Hiking, or a SHTF event. You Won't die but need treat this ASAP.
Most spiders are absolutely harmless to humans. In fact, of the over 20,000 different species of spiders that inhabit the Americas, only 60 are capable of biting humans. Within that small group, only four are known to be dangerous to humans:
The brown recluse, the black widow, the hobo or aggressive house spider, and the yellow sac spider. Within this select group, only the brown recluse and the black widow spider have ever been associated with significant disease and very rare reports of death.
These spiders are not aggressive and bite only when threatened, usually when pressed up against the victim's skin.
They seek out dark, warm, dry environments such as attics, closets, porches, barns, basements, woodpiles, and old tires, most bites occur in the summer months. Basically where we keep all of our Preps, and may not have time, in a Bug-out Situation, to check for these nasty little problems.
I have had the pleasure of having been bitten by a Brown Recluse when I took my belongings out of Long Term Storage. It never hurt and only itched. Every evening in the shower I would clean it, and after a few months it was healed.
At a Pool Party months later, a friend of mine that was a Trauma Nurse, ask me when I had been Bitten by a Brown Recluse? He said I was lucky to have not lost more skin.
What are the symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite?
Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee sting is noticed at the time of the bite and a small white blister develops at the site of the bite.
Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite. Keep in mind that most bites cause little tissue destruction. Victims may experience these symptoms:
- severe pain at bite site after about four hours,
- severe itching,
- and myalgias (muscle pain).
Although an immunologic (ELISA based) test for brown recluse spider bite has been developed, it is not commercially available or in routine use, therefore currently no specific lab findings can routinely confirm a brown recluse bite.
After a spider bite, DO:
- Apply ice to decrease pain and swelling.
- Elevate area if possible above the level of the heart.
- Wash the area thoroughly with cool water and mild soap.
- Avoid any strenuous activity because this can spread the spider's venom in the skin.
- Use acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain relief and Inflammation.
After a spider bite, DO NOT:
- Do not apply any heat to the area. This will accelerate tissue destruction.
- Do not apply any steroid creams to the area such as hydrocortisone cream.
- Do not attempt to remove the spider venom with suction devices or cut out the affected tissue.
- Do not apply electricity to the area. Anecdotal reports of high voltage electrotherapy from common stun guns have never been shown to be effective in any scientific studies. This can also cause secondary burns and deepen tissue destruction.
- Do not apply a tourniquet to the extremity involved.
A Great Home Remedy
So if you have been bitten by this spider (or any other spider). I found this HERE, but if you don't like Reading 4 Pages (With Advertisements) just to get this, like me, here it is.
- The first thing that you should do is apply activated charcoal directly to the wound. This is something that should always be kept in the medicine cabinet for poison emergencies. You can find it inside capsules sold at health food stores, or you can buy it in the aquarium department of a grocery store.
- Apply a thick paste to the bite area that is made from the fine charcoal powder and water. Activated charcoal is a well-known toxin absorber. The fact that this treatment was developed and is effective for spider and snake bites makes sense since charcoal helps absorb the poison.
- Tape the charcoal and water mixture to the bite, and leave for four hours. Using it again, or for longer periods is unlikely to help. After the first few hours, charcoal will no longer be useful.
- Purchase bentonite clay powder from a health food store, and mix it with enough water to form a paste. Apply this paste onto the wound, and cover it with medical tape.Brown recluse spider bites usually take 6-8 weeks to heal, but this treatment method should speed the process dramatically, and reduce suffering in the meantime. Hopefully it will help victims eliminate, or at least reduce the crater scars that these spiders have become infamous for causing.
Because We all Prep, and have tons of stored Clothing, Bedding, Tarps and such, we need to always take this stuff out in advance. Shake, Open and Inspect your Gear, otherwise you may crawl into the sack, or put on some pants with this little problem.
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