First Aid for Yellow Sac Spider Bites


Let’s identify a yellow sac spider. They are long, thin and very small. Yellow is not the only color that their species come in. House species are a pale yellowish color, but also have green, tan or brown coloring. They like to roam the ceilings, walls, behind pictures, window blinds and curtains. The yellow sac spider is the most common spider in North America. Yellow Sac spiders are night creatures, which means, a bite could come while you are sleeping. They are most often found in trees, shrubs, under leaves and grass, but also can make their way into homes. The yellow sac spider is part of the venomous snake, spider species whose bites contain cytotoxin, which means the toxins are flesh eaters.  At first the bite looks like a mosquito bite.  If you are highly contagious to bee stings or spiders containing toxins, bites may cause necrotic lesions, fevers, chills, dizziness, headaches, nausea and shock.

Let’s identify home remedies and professional treatment for persons who have been bitten by poisonous spiders or other toxin carrying species.

Home remedies for poisonous bites and generalized bites, until you can get to a doctor, include: (1) Begin by cleaning the bite with soap and water. (2) Apply antiseptics like hydrocortoson, calamine lotion, iodine or hydrogen peroxide, is also great to use. These are especially good for children. (3) Apply an ice pack, the coolness reduces swelling and lessens the pain. (4) Apply a paste of baking soda and water (3 parts soda to 1 part water). (5) Apply a paste of an aspirin that has been crushed, and mixed with water, or a paste of baking soda and water. (6) Take dried crushed basil or whole basil leaves and rub the bite area – this keeps the swelling down – honest! (7) Make a paste of turmeric and olive oil, which helps with the redness and swelling. Also, orally, taking an small dosed aspirin helps diminish the toxin in your body.

These treatments will need to be administered repeatedly, since spider bites do not heal overnight.  However, If symptoms become severe, seek emergency medical treatment as soon as possible.

In cases where the spider’s toxin is a health threat, treatment by a physician will include treatment with antibiotics. In severe cases, a Mexican anti-venom serum used in the U.S. and Canada, administered through injections, or if necessary intravenously.

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