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Bite Information
MyBite#: 1650
Date Bitten: 9/19/2004 Body Part: Back
City: Salinas State/Country: California
Found Spider: No Severity of Bite: 1 - Minor
Recurring Bite: No Pet Story: No
Medications:
Sulfamethoxazole/tmp ds tab 
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Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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Brown Recluse Spider Bite

I was working in my "granny house" Sunday 9/19/04. I noticed a slight itching and burning on the right side of my back about waist level sometime during the day. Every once in a while it would bother me. I have gained some weight and thought perhaps my waist size was making the waist band irritate my skin.

Monday morning the site was VERY painful, it felt like I had burned myself. I asked my husband to look at it. He described a small oblong blister surrounded by a large red area; total size was an oblong shaped spot about 1 3/4 inches at longest with the blister in the middle. It was at this time I figured it must have been a spider bite. I do not know what bit me but I am sure it was a spider as there were hundreds of spiders in the granny house. I was emptying the room out and taking out carpet tacking from the floor. There were spiders in every nook and cranny.

I looked on some web sites, particularly for BRS bite care. All I could find was advice to keep it clean. I put neosporin on it and went to work. About five hours later the blister got three times the size from morning. I went to the doctor who brought in another doctor. None of them had ever seen a bite. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic.

The blister is about 5/8 inch and has not changed. It has a small thin red ring around it. By Tuesday morning it rose to a height of 1/4 inch. I couldn't believe it wouldn't burst. Today (Wed) I started putting an epsom salt solution on it. It seems as if the blister has lowered a bit but I can't see it very well.

My husband said it appears there is something dark inside. The blister was bright yellow on Tuesday but is not as yellow today. I have included some pictures although they aren't that great. I was unable to really find any blister pictures to compare mine to.

As I said I don't know if this was caused by a BRS. I have seen some sites with wounds that look similar to BRS but they were caused by hobo spiders. I will just send the pictures so if anyone wants to see the blister and compare it to their own it might help. I will let you know the progress as I think it is important to share.

09/23/04: I took additional (and better)pictures. Nothing has changed except the blister "dropped" or receded in one area. Will continue to apply watered down Epsom salt on gauze. I have had a headache all day. I have not had any headaches until now. I have not had any type of fever. My knee joints are sore though.

09/27/04: Yesterday the blister was brownish and looked a little bit like a round burn with dark edging around it. I pulled the top of the blister off by accident with some tape but was able to save some of it. I wet it down and pushed it across the area then used triple antibiotic. I took pictures today and it looks a lot better. From what I have seen if you get bit on the hands, arms, or legs the wound is worse than a wound on your back.

I was on antibiotics for 7 days. I discovered they made me depressed and anxious. Once I figured out the cause I was able to deal with those feelings.
I am off the antibiotics now. One other thing....they can really dehydrate you. Other than the directions saying "take with 9 oz of water and drink plenty of water throughout the day" there was not mention of really needing to drink water. Everyone says drink lots of water! If the directions had said, "can cause dehydration" I would have really been conscientious about drinking lot's of water. Anyway, just a reminder for any of you...Drink your water!

09/29/04: I have one pic from 9/28 to add. The area can be sore or painful at times. My husband says that under the white area is a dark spot. But we can't see what that is. It continues to heal. Now I cover with triple antibiotic before I go to work and when I get home I saturate a cotton ball in Hydrogen Peroxide and apply to the area. It dosen't "fizz" so I guess the wound is "closed" and presume no bacteria is getting in or on it.


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