I have personally been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider,
not even three times...
but a total of FOUR times, over the past eighteen years. (NOT by the same spider!)
My knee, my ear, my middle finger, and my elbow were all, at various times, extremely swollen red and VERY painful for weeks and weeks.
Apparently the Brown Recluse spider likes to hang out in my neck of the woods (north Georgia suburban Atlanta) and loves wood fences, big oak trees, and old sheds. From what I gather MOST people bitten don't even realize it until a few days later...the little red bump turns slowly into a nasty huge swollen mess! Fevers, chills, dizziness and general malaise all accompany these bites, to varying degrees. I even had mild hallucinations and bad nightmares after two episodes! The hospital emergency room staff knows me now by name
And no, there is no known cure or antidote
, at this time. YES!!!
I would like to know if/when one comes available.
I'll take half a dozen doses please, shipped PRIORITY/EXPRESS!
---Jim in JO-JA (very leery of all spiders now!)
Good lord that's incredible... four times?!?!?! I can't imagine how unlucky that is.
A friend of mine was bitten by one once while he was stationed somewhere down south (I think it was Georgia as well, possibly Arkansas), and he described it as the most excruciatingly painful thing he'd ever experienced. This was coming from a marine who had also been injured in combat serving in the second Iraq war, so I assume that when he said it was painful, that it was literally off the charts painful. The bite started off as a small dot on his leg that over a few weeks turned into a huge necrotic open wound as all the nearby flesh sloughed off. It took months to heal up and he has a huge scar from it. Apparently he was unlucky; his doctor told him that the majority of people bitten by brown recluse spiders suffer little if any effects.
Conversely, another friend of mine was bitten by a black widow that found it's way into a crate of fruit while she was unloading pallets at a grocery store where she worked as a teenager, and she suffered no ill effects other than some minor itching, redness and throbbing pain. (She did seek early medical attention, so that may have alleviated the severity of the bite).
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