Collection: Spider Bite First Aid

Spider Bite First Aid

The AeroForm Premium Long Snake Bite Bandage with Indicators is a Premium Heavyweight Conforming Bandage perfect for use with the Pressure Immobilisation Technique, which is used for the treatment of all Australian Snake and Funnel Webbed Spider bites, Blue Ringed Octopus and Cone Shell stings.

Spider First Aid

Funnel Web

Stay calm and follow these steps:

  1. lie down
  2. mark the site of the bite on the skin with a pen or take a photo
  3. apply a pressure immobilisation bandage (see below)
  4. use a splint to keep the limb still — this slows the movement of venom around your body
  5. keep still
  6. wait for the ambulance to arrive

Pressure immobilisation bandage

An elasticated bandage is recommended for anyone bitten by a funnel-web spider. An elasticated bandage slows down the movement of spider venom into your blood.

Follow these steps to apply an elasticated roller bandage:

  1. wrap an elasticated bandage over the bite itself from the tip of the affected limb to the top of the limb.

The bandage should be tight — but shouldn’t cut off your circulation. You should not be able to easily slide a finger between the bandage and your skin.

When wrapping the second bandage, start just above the fingers or toes of your bitten limb and move towards your body.

Write down:

  • the time of the bite
  • when the bandage was put on


  • DO NOT cut or excise the bitten area, or attempt to suck venom from the bite site.
  • DO NOT wash the bitten area.
  • DO NOT apply an arterial tourniquet. (Arterial tourniquets that cut off circulation to the limb, are potentially dangerous and are not recommended for any type of bite or sting in Australia)

Red Back Spider and other Spiders