Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bushcraft - Central Texas Style - Nature’s Gauze Pad

In a wilderness setting, the chances of injury can be pretty high. This can create a problem if you find yourself a significant distance from qualified or professional medical help and don’t have a decent first aid kit handy. While proper medical care should always be your first choice, sometimes it isn’t available and other solutions need to be considered.

Bleeding from a cut or scrape can create a serious problem if not attended to quickly. Many times just wrapping it with a cloth can cause other problems. Pulling the cloth off to inspect the wound will often remove the scab which may have formed because it has become part of the bandage. This is the reason why many gauze pads have a non-stick coating on them to allow the wound dressing to be changed without damaging any healing of the wound that has started (i.e., pulling the scab off).

Fortunately, nature can provide a solution to this problem. If you find yourself without an adequate first aid kit, you may need to use a little of nature’s gauze to fix the problem. What is nature’s gauze? It is simply spider’s web.

Spider webs have been in use as a natural form of treatment for bleeding for a long time. The sticky coating on the web has been theorized to have an antiseptic quality due to the fact that it provides protection for the spider’s web from the effects of bacteria and fungus. Spider webs have also been shown to be high in vitamin K which can also help as a clotting agent to reduce bleeding from a wound.

Simply gather as much spider web as you can and form it into a shape sufficient to cover the wound. Then wrap the wound area tightly with a cloth or bandana to hold it in place. Don’t wrap it too tightly. The additional pressure from being wrapped with a bandage will also help to minimize the bleeding.

Back in 2007, a spider web in Texas was found that was over 200 yards across. So if you live in Texas, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a decent amount of spider’s web to treat an injury.

Got web?

Staying above the water line!


Disclaimer: This information is provided solely for informative purposes and should not be considered medical advice of any kind. Always seek professional medical help for any type of medical problems.


joe said...

Yes, but just seeing a spider like the one in your picture is enough to make some people's heart race! :)

riverwalker said...

To: joe

It's just a little spider and all you need to do is borrow a little of their web...nothing to be really afraid of since you're not gathering spiders...just a piece of their web.

Thanks joe.


Joe said...

Yeah, we have those spiders in my part of the world as well. They can be intimidating looking but are harmless.

riverwalker said...

To: Joe

Yellow Garden Spiders are the largest and best-known of the orbweavers. They are usually marked with yellow, black, orange or silver. The female’s body can be more than an inch long. They also have very long legs. The males though are only about half the size of females and are much darker colored.

They are also known as “writing spiders” because of the zig-zag design that is often seen in their web.

They are very beneficial and eat harmful insects (like grasshoppers). They can and will bite you if you get tangled in their web or try to handle them. Their bite is irritating but it won't kill you, although if you are allergic it might be a painful experience.

They will often spin a web across a walkway or trail that spans several feet.

If you see these spiders building their webs too close to an area of your home and you want or need them to move, you don't need to harm the spiders. All you need to do is simply tear down their webs and they will relocate on their own.

They do look pretty mean...

Thanks Joe.


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