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MyBite#: 1645
Date Bitten: 9/1/2004 Body Part: Knee
City: St. Petersburg State/Country: Florida
Found Spider: Yes Severity of Bite: 2 - Somewhat Severe
Recurring Bite: No Pet Story: No
Medications: Hydrogen Peroxide
garlic bulb , humidifier - steam 

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

I was bit three times on left leg over a 3 week period by Brown Widows on the LEFT CALF, LEFT THIGH, and LEFT KNEE. All bites started out as an itchy tiny (dime size) bump with a center scar that are filled with a little puss. By the 3rd day they start to get huge and develop giant red ring around them (your body fighting the toxin). All 3 bites did something a little different. All 3 very painful. All include a fever and other whole body responses. Did not go to doctor... I think a healthy human body can handle these bites if you let your immune system do what it needs to and eat a healthy vegan diet (plants only!) to keep immune system strong. Animal foods must be detoxed and add to your liver's burden (plus a variety of other health issues) ...not to mention how cruel it is to slaughter animals for taste.



First bite: LEFT CALF (see photo of completely healed -20th day)

Full body symptoms: First response was tachardia (irregular heart beat) for 24 hours. Tightening of the ribs, nausea, almost fainting (blacking out when getting up or down). I didn't know what was causing this at the time but took calcium to try to fix irregular heartbeat, ofcourse nothing can really stop a neurotoxin. Intermittent fever, chills throughout the process.

Location: left calf
3 inch red target looking wound with single hole in center. Took 12 days to heal. Took lots of vitamin C with Rose hips to help liver detox this. Swelled up about 1 1/2 inches like an egg and I repeatedly drained puss out of it. I opened up the hole so that it could drain with sterilized needle and tweezers. Kept pouring peroxide on it to keep drainage hole open, clean. I then put humidifier under hole and steamed leg for an hour to draw poison to surface before going to bed - steam must be close enough so that it actually burns your skin a little. Once hole is swollen and open after steaming, I then cut raw garlic bulb in half and use first aide tape to tape it to hole over night. I did this for 2-3 nights. Got excellent results. That garlic bulb would draw it to the surface and into the bulb. (Garlic is known for it's sulfuric ability to draw toxins out of the blood which is why they use it to ward off dental mercury poisoning). So for 3-4 days it drained puss, finally towards the end - it drained blood (which I think carries the toxin out). It's all down hill from there.



Second bite: LEFT THIGH (see photo of healing stage -11th day)

Full body symptoms: Tightening of the ribs, nausea. Intermittent fever, chills (got very cold for 24 hours, needed to be in warm blankets) throughout the process. This one caused a lot of pain to thigh muscle and moved up into top left inguinal lymph node (on bikini line) lymph node swollen to maximum size - lasted 3 days.

Location: left thigh
3 inch red target looking wound with single hole in center. Took 12 days to heal. Took lots of vitamin C with Rose hips to help liver detox this. Swelled up about 1/2 inches and I repeatedly drained puss out of it. I opened up the hole so that it could drain with sterilized needle and tweezers. Kept pouring peroxide on it to keep drainage hole open, clean. I then put humidifier under hole and steamed leg for an hour to draw poison to surface before going to bed - steam must be close enough so that it actually burns your skin a little. Once hole is swollen and open after steaming, I then cut raw garlic bulb in half and use first aide tape to tape it to hole over night. I did this for 2-3 nights. Got excellent results. That garlic bulb would draw it to the surface and into the bulb. (Garlic is known for it's sulfuric ability to draw toxins out of the blood which is why they use it to ward off dental mercury poisoning). So for 3-4 days it drained puss, finally towards the end - it drained blood (which I think carries the toxin out). It's all down hill from there.



Third bite: LEFT KNEE CAP (see photo of just starting to drain stage -7th day)

Full body symptoms: Tightening of the ribs, nausea. Intermittent fever, chills (got very cold for 24 hours, needed to be in warm blankets) throughout the process. This one was the worst as entire knee joint swelled up to about 30% larger than normal size. Standing up was excrutiatingly painful.

Location: Left knee cap (right under it)
3 inch red target looking wound with single hole in center. Still healing. Took lots of vitamin C with Rose hips to help liver detox this. Entire knee joint swelled up about 30% larger and then lower leg swelled as well. I was not able to drain this one - the toxin had moved inside the knee and to the back of leg. This one never drained puss, but it did have a small hole. All I could do was let my immune system break it down. Knee was so swollen and painful for 3 days that I could not walk or bend knee and had to keep leg elevated. Four days later still hard to bend knee. Finally towards the end (5th day) - it drained blood all on it's own (which I think carries the toxin out). It's all down hill from there.




What I did to help it a heal:

Wait until it gets big and swollen and developed red circular area.

Open up hole with alchohol sterilized tweezers and needle (pull out scab and anything else blocking hole). You will see a hard puss (white - yellow - green) at the bottom of this hole. That is a protective shield that your body created to block it and can't be removed until later (if at all). Your body will break that part down and absorb it later.

Right after hole is opened hold the hole over a humidifier (prop with pillows)and steam hole for one hour or more - steam must be close enough so that it actually burns your skin a little.

Right after steaming while hole is still hot moist, cut garlic bulb in half and tape it to hole (flat side down) - make it tight so it presses on hole. Leave on over night. Next morning swelling will be down and garlic bulb will have pulled more blood / puss out.

Keep pouring hydrogen peroxide on it. Also putting a band aid over the hole will keep it moist and open which is what you want.

Do this for 2-3 days until hole starts to drain blood on it's own - then you're at the end stage and it will heal itself.



If you live in Florida the spider that bit you may have been a Brown Widow instead of a Brown Recluse. In my case I was able to see the spiders that bit me and capture one of them.

The Brown Widow's venom (see photo) is twice as toxic as the Black Widow but she injects less venom (and sometimes none) when she bites. (I was also bit on my chest , but very little venom was injected and 3 times on my elbow - same thing very little venom was injected.) Only the female is venomous and she is twice as big as the males (she will sometimes eat the male after copulation) hence the name Widow. You can't mistake this spider for a Recluse. She has a very round body - almost like a sphere and they are small; about the size of a dime. Brown Widow colors and markings come in a huge variety. The one's in my house had small white spots with black outlines on the brown body. All of them have the orange-yellow hourglass shape on the underside.

I was bit in my sleep about 3 times over a period of 3 weeks on my left leg. The third bite below my knee cap was the worst. After the second bite I finally figured out what it was and found 15 spiders living under my bed. They were cleared out. But then I was bit again, and found more Widows and egg nests in my window frames. So now the whole room is cleared out. Both spiders have irregular wispy (weak) webs. I have nothing against these spiders, they were just doing what's natural when they were crushed in my sleep...in fact the Brown Widow is known for being very timid except when defending her eggs.

Brown Widows inject a neurotoxin, but do not cause the necrosis (dead tissue) that the Brown Recluse does. Other than that the bite wounds and healing are almost identical. I noticed half the stories on this site mention red lines shooting out from bite area and the skin turning black and blue (mine did not) - I think these are the Brown Recluse bites? ...which in my opinion necrosis is the absolute worst thing that can happen so a Recluse bite is far worse!

*Anyway I would like to thank who put this site togther - it helped me a lot - you are doing a great service!


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