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Old 10-22-2007, 04:54 PM   #1
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Brown Recluse Spider

Has anyone ever been bitten by a Brown recluse/violin spider?
What I thought was an ant bite has progressed into what my SO thinks is a Brown Recluse bite.
Did you have to go to the doctor? Did they cut it out? How long did it take to clear up?
Just wondering what I may be in for.

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:02 PM   #2
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I was bitten by an itsy bitsy spider one time,,,not a Brown Recluse...but a spider none the less....It turned into a nasty wound! No trip to the Doctor, but it was 2 or 3 weeks healing...Guard against infection!!!!
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:03 PM   #3
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I've never been bitten but I'm pretty sure you need to go to the doc!!! Not to be a scare monger, but there is a new resistant form of strep that is often mistaken for a spider bite initially. I rarely go to the doc but if you're worried it might be a brown recluse bite, I'd say get going.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:05 PM   #4
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I was pretty sure I was bitten by a brown recluse spider 2 summers ago and went to the emergency room and they found a tick in my arm.


I'd definitely go to the doctor. You might need antibiotics.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:11 PM   #5
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Don't mess with this. I have been bitten by a brown recluse. The doc treated me with an antibiotic injection. You don't want to run the risk of infection.

My spider bite upset my kidney function which resulted in the cancellation of a scheduled surgery and a round of doctor visits that extended over several months. I underwent ultrasounds, biopsies, and much poking and prodding.

I'm not trying to scare you here, just trying to emphasize that this is not to be trifled with.

All's well now and if I ever see that spider I'm gonna bite HIM!

Go see your doc.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:12 PM   #6
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Please google Brown Recluse Spider bites. Also not to be a scare monger, but they can be dangerous.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:14 PM   #7
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Thanks guys. I do have a Dr.'s appointment tomorrow. I just worried that there will be the word's "We'll have to cut that out." uttered. But from the sounds of it, I will just need to take some antibiotics. That I can live with.
Hey Buck, how long did it take for yours to go away?
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:14 PM   #8
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My horse was bit by one of those spiders. it took a few weeks for it to heal but we had to take it to the vet a couple of times. its whole face swelled up. This horse was a big horse to.
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:18 PM   #9
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I know 4 people who have been bitten by brown recluse spiders (one on her wedding night). If you think that is what it could be, go to the doctor immediately. They generally will form a bullseye, but don't just go by that. The poison injected by the brown recluse begins to kill the muscle around the bite. The longer you wait, the larger the area it affects. One man I know was bitten on his rear end. After surgery, his wife said you could have put your fist in the hole that was left. So go now. It very likely isn't a brown recluse (let's hope not), but if it is it needs to be treated right away.

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Old 10-22-2007, 05:19 PM   #10
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Please google Brown Recluse Spider bites.
Be sure to use the imaging function of google so you can see some results. If you don't go to a doctor after seeing some pics, then you ain't right.
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