737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 37 Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1569 times:
Here is a series of photos which show the progression of a brown recluse spider bite. Be sure to look at all the photos, unless you don't have the stomach for that sort of thing (they get pretty bad toward the end). My wife had a bite worse than this on her leg. Enjoy!!!
Tranceport From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 282 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1319 times:
The worst is actually not the ulceration that occurs. A friend of the family was once bitten by a brown recluse spider. He told us that the venom is actually a powerful neurotoxin. Apparently it can really affect your mental status with effects lingering for years in some cases.
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1300 times:
"Their bite...generally leads to extreme discomfort." Understatement, I'd say. I was under the impression there was an anti-venom; I'm glad to be informed I was mistaken. Judging by the picture, I believe I squashed a few of these dudes down in TN a while back while preparing my out-garage for expansion. I am fearful of spiders to begin with (see my remarks in the arachnaphobia thread), so they all die when encountered, but I'll take extra caution when returning down south. Thanks for the heads-up; it may save my old ass in the future. Regards..Jack
Nonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1304 times:
Those SOB's are all over Texas. So far we have had several people
at my office get bit this year.
It's a real pain in the butt to shake your clothes, check you shoes,
check your bed before you go to sleep etc. So far I have been
lucky, only two in the shower. One I found behind my towel
when I pulled it off the rack the other on the ceiling.
I did not forget...I just misplaced the thought...
MD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8510 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1231 times:
We get brown recluses in our house in Alabama from time to time. They like dark places, so you'll usually find them hiding in closets or under things (like outhouse seats--no, nobody except museums actually have outhouses in Alabama anymore).
LY7E7 From Israel, joined Jun 2004, 2269 posts, RR: 19
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1226 times:
"Even if these photographs are genuine, they create an exaggerated sense of the danger posed by brown recluse spiders. As Phillip Anderson, a Missouri physician who specializes in brown recluse spider bites, explained in an article for the medical journal Missouri Medicine, "Almost all brown recluse spider bites heal nicely in two to three months without medical treatment at all. Also the long-term medical outcome is excellent without treatment." Furthermore, says Anderson, "We are not aware of any verifiable deaths caused by the bite of the North American brown recluse spider." (He noted that several deaths from such wounds "had been reported in medical journals, but none of the reports is convincing.") He also reported that out of "about 1,000 credible recluse spider bites," he was only aware of "about a dozen cases of impressive, sustained hemolysis."
2 things are endless: ignorance and space
: I hate to say it guys, but that's really nothing compared to what we get down here in Oz...between the white-tailed spider and the funnel web, man oh
: Even the white-tailed spider is not so bad. It is exactly the same as this brown recluse. http://www.ento.csiro.au/insect_id/spiders/white_tailed_spid
: oh that's great. now i'm really glad i stomped that one out on the balcony of my dorm at riddle. jeez...