Wash the affected area with mild soap and water to remove any dirt or bacteria. This helps prevent infection and promotes healing.
Use a cold compress or ice pack wrapped in a cloth to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Apply it to the bite for 10-15 minutes several times a day.
If the bite is on an extremity, elevate it to help reduce swelling and improve blood circulation. This can be done by propping up the affected limb on a pillow or cushion.
Over-the-counter topical creams or ointments containing ingredients like hydrocortisone or calamine can help relieve itching and reduce inflammation. Follow the instructions on the packaging for proper application.
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation associated with spider bites. Always follow the recommended dosage instructions.
Keep an eye on the bite site for any signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, warmth, or discharge. If you notice these signs or if the symptoms worsen, seek medical attention promptly.