Did you know that all the spiders are poisonous and What to do or How to treat if spider bites on a hike?
I bet you thought the small ones you occasionally see in your cupboard are completely non-toxic as you have been seeing them since your childhood and none of your family members were harmed.
Well, those spiders are poisonous too but their toxicity is so low that we humans barely feel it. That’s why you a haven’t heard anyone dying of a cupboard spider.
But when you are out on the trail, you won’t face the “friendly neighborhood spiders”.
You’ll come across some of the deadliest spiders and other insects. That’s why it’s for your best interest that you know how to stay protected from the insects, especially spider on a hike.
So, here are some things that might help you treat spider bites when you are on a hike.
1. Identify the 1-2 puncture spots
Poisonous or not, almost all the spider bites will leave one or two spots on the skin.
Sometimes, they are visible quite vividly and sometimes they are hard to find because the spots are very tiny. But when you can’t find it, look for the area where it burns the most.
2. Wash the spot
After you have spotted the bites, it is time to wash the spots.
To wash, you can use any antimicrobial liquid like hand sanitizer or just soap.
3. Treat it with cold water or ice pack
If by any chance you have ice packs, use it to chill the bites. Otherwise, use cold water.
The cold water or ice pack will help you with the burn.
But never apply hot water in the spot. It will burn even more and maybe speed-up the swelling process.
4. Reduce swelling
The next thing to do is make sure the area doesn’t swell.
Just elevate and let the wound rest for a while. You can do with by holding you hand up with your bag or pillow. Or you can just let your hand rest on the hiking poles. This way the spider bite area won’t cause you any irritation or burn.
5. Record your condition
As you go through the steps, note the symptoms and the intensity.
Record how much pain or burn you felt while you got bit. Then note down how the burning sensation or pain developed over time. This will come in handy when you go for professional aid.
6. Try to identify the spider
Before you leave the trail, you should try and identify the spider you were bitten by. If you know some of the common ones like tarantulas, black widow, etc. you might figure out which one was the culprit.
Best if you could capture the spider and bring it with you to the doctor and so that he can examine to figure out which spider it was.
7. Go for help before the redness spreads too much
Most of the spider bites start with a small red spot. Sometimes, there could be a black dot seen in the center. But gradually the red spot spread over the skin very quickly.
Act fast. Best if you can go to a doctor before the red area expands too much.
Show the doctor your bite and tell him exactly how things happened. Show your record or note that you made on the trail.