I got bitten by something the other night - not quite sure what (suspect it may be a spider bite but no way of being certain).
Yesterday my leg had a red bump on it which was a bit itchy. Today the bump was way way bigger and also pretty painful. I decided that before going to a doctor I would try some home remedies.
I googled and found many. But the one I tried was putting a mix of bicarbonate of soda and salt (dampened with some water) over the bite. I bandaged it on and left it for about 30 minutes. When I took it off, all the swelling was down and the red area was now just by the bite and not a huge area of my leg. The remedy I found was actually baking soda, salt and water. But I didn't have baking soda so decided that since it's for drawing, the bicarb should work well enough. And the salt is the disinfectant.
And I reapplied it and am changing the dressing regularly (just in case).
Apparently this also helps with bee stings after you've removed the sting.
I thought I would share it with you as most people have these ingredients in their kitchen.