Medical Care

Here’s How to Effectively Treat a Bite from a Brown Recluse Spider

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. This particular phobia is shared by vast numbers of men, women, and children worldwide. This is illogical as spiders are by nature: tiny, almost totally harmless to people, and extraordinarily beneficial. People misplace their fears.

In most of North America there are essentially only two spiders with the venomous ability to harm people: the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. Injuries from these two arachnids are extremely rare; deaths are a statistical anomaly. They’re hard to find. They don’t bite very hard. And most people, if bitten, only suffer minor discomfort.

Still, the Brown Recluse has a nasty reputation because sometimes its bite can produce a nasty wound.

Photo by Wikipedia/CDC.

I decided not to show any pictures of that injury; it looks like a second or third degree burn. Brown Recluse venom destroys tissue to various degrees and causes scarring in some cases. Fortunately, this trauma is usually localized and there are ways of mitigating the extent of the damage. The Die Hard Survivor site offers pertinent information on how to treat a Brown Recluse bite. File this away in your emergency medical cache.

They note that most spider bites are harmless (most people don’t know they’ve been bitten). With a Brown Recluse there may be tissue damage and visiting the hospital might be in order – if one is available. SHTF and hospitals might not be an option. They also note that even modern hospitals have a limited ability to treat such bites, beyond pain and infection management.

So, how does one treat this while bugging out? The authors recommend first covering the affected bite area with Activated Charcoal. This draws out and absorbs some of the poison. While applying charcoal to the wound, they recommend taking massive amounts of Echinacea.

The follow-up treatment is simple. Make a paste out of Bentonite Clay and water. Apply this to the bite and cover it. They advise the bite may require 6-8 weeks to heal properly.

That’s it. Add activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and echinacea to your emergency supplies and you’re ready. I would add that additionally one should not worry about such chance encounters. If they happen, then deal with them. The odds are, thankfully, low. The Brown Recluse hides in dark places like shoes and under flowerpots. Look before you touch and most danger will be avoided.

Also, remember the vital role these and all spiders play in nature. One really can’t hate spiders unless one wants A LOT of insects around. They are little bug-eating machines. And remember too they are God’s little creatures, created for His purposes. Using these tips one can treat a spider bite. Using a little understanding one can replace fear with respect.

Check out this map that shows where you can find all the medicinal plants that grow in the US.

Perrin Lovett writes about freedom, firearms, and cigars (and everything else) at He is none too fond of government meddling.

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