Date: Friday, July 14, 2000 7:10 AM Subject: BRS Bite
My name is Julie; I'm a 43-year old woman from Raleigh, NC. I too have a brs bite story to share. Upon searching the web, I came across your site, and your site was also recommended by Dr. Abrams and LeeAnn in Texas.
I was bitten unknowingly on Wednesday June 21. I first felt pain that evening around 6:30pm while I was grappling. Thus, I didn't think too much of pain. A few hours later at home, I noticed a little red u above my right ankle bone. I thought it odd and did nothing.
Over the next day or so the site evolved to a red triangular region (about 1" by 3/4") with a central sore spot. Within that central sore, it appeared that another triangle was inscribed with a central black spot. The site remained as such over the weekend, and my concern grew.
On Monday I spoke with my instructor of martial arts and natural healing. Five days after the bite, he diagnosed it as a brs bite. He gave me ichthammol, a drawing salve commonly used on horses and cows. On Thursday I saw my regular doctor for a second opinion. He did not know. He called another older doctor in. He wasn't sure - said it could be but I didn't have the spider to prove it. They recommended I use neosporin so for my visit I got a new bandage with neosporin. That night I returned to using ichthammol.
Then on Saturday evening July 1, the bite site changed ... remarkable! It was that Saturday that I began searching the web for more info. It was then that I had come across ... I've just drawn a blank on the name of the guy who detailed his spider bite story with email ... anyway, scanning that I had noticed he had said something about two rings of blisters .... That evening when I changed the bandage I saw to my amazement two overlapping rings of blisters each with a central bull's eye. Immediately I showed it to my husband. At this time, we began photography. The rings show up well as the blisters kept the color of the ichthammol.
I have a thorough photographic record of subsequent changes and progress. I have taken notes so I can well describe my story and the course of treatment that has been effective for me. Presently I am establishing a site with my pictures (with help from my husband). At this time, I have not put any text in. If you would like to see pictures of my bite from July 1 through July 11, visit the site
Let me know what you think and if you have any problems accessing it. I continue with daily photographs and will add as I get pictures developed and scanned.
This bite is an incredible and inconvenient experience. I consider myself very fortunate not to have gotton sick with fever, and my bite is relatively small compared to some I have seen. Nonetheless this is serious ... any brs bite is serious! I have a hole in above my ankle which will remain for months. I hope that I have successfully gotton all the toxin out of my body so that I won't have recurrences.
My course of treatment has included the drawing salve for pulling toxins out. I used tea tree oil and sometimes hydrogen peroxide for cleaning the site. I have made a poultice with several herbs (a leaf of plantain that I picked from my own front yard with liquid preparations of plantain, comfrey, and usnea). I also drank yellowdock tea ... yucky tasting stuff but good for cleansing toxins from the body. Before the wound scabbed up and then the scab came off, I was instructed to keep off my feet, something very hard to do with busy life and children.
Now the site looks like a little volcano ... a raised ring with a central depression. As it heals, I hope that the depression will go away ... that indicates that the toxin was successfully removed and I won't have recurrences. I am now keeping it open to air during the day (today being the first full day of my doing that). I keep a light coat of bag balm on it to keep it moist.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am happy to speak with anyone about these bites.