Tarantula Bites Home Care
Home care for tarantula bites includes:
- Gently clean the bite wound. Be sure no mouth parts remain in your skin.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment.
- 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.
- Elevate the bitten body part if any swelling is present.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream for itching.
Tarantula Bites Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have a tarantula bite and any of the following:
- Worsening pain around a bite
- Bite from a Peruvian tarantula
- Worsening hives
- Difficulty breathing
- Facial swelling
- Persistent vomiting
- Pus draining from the bite
- Fever over 101 degrees F (38.3 C)
- Red streaks spreading from the bite:
- Lymphangitis of the arm
- Lymphangitis of the back of the leg
- Lymphangitis of the hand from a finger wound
- Worsening skin redness and pain around the bite:
Continue to Tarantula Bites Outlook
- Hawdon GM, Winkel KD. Spider bite. A rational approach. Aust Fam Physician. 1997 Dec;26(12):1380-5. 
- Waggoner TL, Nishimoto JH, Eng J. Eye injury from tarantula. J Am Optom Assoc. 1997 Mar;68(3):188-90. 
- Watts P, Mcpherson R, Hawksworth NR. Tarantula keratouveitis. Cornea. 2000 May;19(3):393-4.