Bitten by a Tarantula Treatment
Treatment for a tarantula bite may include wound care, cold compresses, oral antihistamines for itching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Specific treatment for a tarantula bite may include:
- Wound irrigation
- Rinsing the site of the bite
- Wound cleansing
- Apply a cold compress:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Oral antihistamines for itching:
- Oral corticosteroid medications:
- Tetanus immunization
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