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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I was bitten on the bottom of my leg a month ago. The pain is constant and sharp. No necrosis as of yet, but from what I've been told I still have a long way to go.

Comment from: nanapam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I got bit on the knee. I was staying at the hospital with a granddaughter and got bit in the hospital! My knee swelled up three times its normal size. A doctor was seen within 8 hours and I was put on an antibiotic. It took three months and three rounds of antibiotics to go back to normal. I was sore for weeks after the bite. This has been very painful!

Comment from: GusMahler, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

This site somewhat pissed me off, because it said that if you thought you were bitten by a brown recluse to get medical attention THAT DAY. Well, although my symptoms didn't fit 100%, I decided that it would be better to be safe than sorry and went on to the ER. Turns out, there's nothing there that they can do for a recluse bite...there is no antidote to the venom. So why did they tell me to go?!? Now, I've wasted $100 I didn't have on the ER visit co-pay!!

Comment from: Male Published: April 19

I am from Arkansas, right in the epicenter of Brown Recluse habitat and have grown up with several close calls to being bitten by them. I have numerous pictures I could submit of spiders I captured while living in the Arkansas River Valley region. Under Arkansas law, only cockroaches are required to be exterminated from a renter's premises, and this should be modified in areas with high infestations of this species in my opinion. Recently, a classmate recently suffered a bite from this spider in the Twin Cities, apparently having been carried by someone's luggage. The hospital where I now reside in Iowa had no experience with this species and erroneously instructed the victim to use heat in treatment, which spread the venom significantly and causing severe necrosis, causing the victim to become hospitalized for several days with an open wound to drain away the toxins. I would want for all American hospitals to be keenly aware of the possibility of brown recluse travel and if instructing, to give the correct information. Their faulty advice has effectively ruined what confidence I had in their services.

Comment from: kjpitcher, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I was 70 when I was bitten by a brown recluse spider about 4 inches above my left ankle. I had been bitten when I was 16 by a black widow and thought it was the same thing but I immediately started soaking the site in hot Epsom salts twice daily. After a month it was about 1inch wide and about 3 cm deep with a white gel over the top. I finally went to the doctor who cleaned off the gel and put a salve on. I continued the twice daily soaks for 4 months, and I now have a brown scar but no hole. I am glad I don't have anything more than that when I see what it could have looked like... even with medication!

Comment from: Jeff, 45-54 Male Published: March 07

This has been the 3rd time being bitten by a brown recluse. The first time was in Alabama, which was on my neck. The bite had ulcerated my skin, and oozed the infectious poison the spider had delivered. It took roughly 3 to 5 weeks for it to fully heal, although there is still scarring to this day. The second time was in Michigan. I had brought up some wood from Alabama which is used to light a fire. I believe they call it lightered, or fatwood is what we describe it in Michigan. Well the brown recluse came from a knot hole in the wood and bit me on the hand. It oozed pus for 3 to 4 weeks, and I constantly put triple anti-biotic ointment on the bite. It eventually healed. The 3rd time was just recently in Michigan again. I believe when I brought this wood from Alabama to Michigan I brought back a nest of Brown Recluses, which are now loose in my home. I've bug bombed, sprayed, and killed at least 2 of them but I think that was not enough. They are one of the most elusive, and aggressive spiders I've ever dealt with in my life. I was actually bitten twice the last time I encountered these 8 legged devils. I was bitten on my ankle, and just in the back of my knee. Both are ulcerated, and have been extremely painful and very itchy, and still bleeding. This spider serves no purpose in life aside from making one miserable. It's unfortunate that there is NOT an anti-venom.

Comment from: arachnebleu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

In 1972 when I was seventeen I was bitten on the back of the thigh by a spider which saved for the doctor. My doctor had never seen a spider like the one that bit me. My biology teacher identified it as a juvenile brown recluse. Eight hours after receiving the bite, I had a severe headache and was very sleepy. My thigh turned very red. 24 hours after receiving the bite I received a shot of epinephrine and antibiotic pills to take. By that time, I had turned bright red from head to toe and had a six to eight inch diameter purple blotch on my thigh. In the center was a black spot about the size of a half dollar. I was nauseated and had difficulty breathing. The rash itched unmercifully. It took three months to heal. The bite wound just looked kind of like a bruise and finally opened up about three and a half months after the initial bite. It took another three to four months to heal.

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