Spider First Aid and Treatment: What to Do After Getting Bitten by a Spider

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Black Widow Spider First Aid Treatment

A black widow is a venomous spider found in California.

Spiders do not usually bite unless threatened, but when they do, it is usually harmless. While most house spiders do not usually inflict anything that needs serious medical attention at all, some spider bites can cause redness, swelling, and pain.

In case you get bitten if you are bitten by a spider, here’s what you can do to take care of the spider bite:

  1. Wash the bite area with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment on the area three times a day to prevent infection.
  2. Place a cool cloth over the bite for 15 minutes every hour to help alleviate the pain and swelling. You may use a water-soaked cloth or cold compress.
  3. Raise the affected area if possible.
  4. If you feel any pain or tingling sensation, take over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, or acetaminophen, whichever is available or non-allergic to you.
  5. If the bite area causes itchiness, take an antihistamine such as diphenhydramine or cetirizine to help reduce the itch. You may also try a steroid cream or calamine lotion

If you are bitten by a venomous spider, such as a black widow or a dessert recluse, be sure to seek medical help from professionals immediately. If you are not sure whether the culprit is venomous or non-venomous, don’t waste time but seek help right away. 

Most of all, if you feel severe pain, stomach cramps, a swelling wound on the bite area, or have a hard time breathing or swallowing, call 911 immediately or seek medical attention. For pain and muscle spasms, your healthcare provider might prescribe painkillers, muscle relaxants, or both. A tetanus shot might also be considered.

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One way to avoid spider bites is to make sure your home is free from spiders. Spiders don’t just attract other spiders to your home but other insects as well.

Pro Pacific Pest Control can help you eliminate spiders. We offer QualityPro-certified spider control treatments to eliminate all types of spiders. Learn more about our Spider Control and Extermination Service in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County.

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