Have you ever been bitten by a brown recluse spider?

@lizabeth (666)
United States
January 3, 2007 7:35pm CST
I know 2 people in the last week that have been bitten by spiders. The doctor seems to think one of them was bitten by a brown recluse. The wound site is horrible looking. Just curious if anyone has ever been bitten and your experience with it.
3 responses
• United States
4 Jan 07
Yes. It was a few years ago. I was bitten at work in the office right after the routine extermination. It was nothing at first just a little red dot. Within in a few days it started to look terrible, red, swollen but I thougt well it will go away. No such luck it got to the size of a silver dollar and looked infected so I went to my doctor, who sent me to a specialist..it was a bite from a brown recluse and it was eating the flesh away under the skin. The specialist cleaned and I had to under go HBO (not the TV channel) treatment for two weeks twice a day. The HBO treatment scared me silly I had to get tranquilized before they slid me into the chamber. The whole ordeal was horrible and I have a deep scar left as a reminder.
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@lizabeth (666)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Awww...I'm sorry you had that terrible experience. But thank god you are okay from it now. Some people aren't so lucky.
• United States
18 Jan 07
Thank you for the best response. I really appreciate it and I am fine now.
• United States
28 Jan 07
At least it didn't do more serious damage like becoming so infected that you had to have the bite site amputated. I have read that some people had to have hands and fingers cut off because there was nothing left to save. What is the HBO treatment?
@cemille2 (97)
• United States
28 Jan 07
No, i've never been bitten. I've always been scared i would be bitten though because i know how dangerous a brown recluse bite can be. I've researched it a bit and i've seen pictures of people who have been bitten and its just awful! I would hope that the doctor would be sure of the kind of bite it was so he/she would know how to properly treat it. Hope your friends are okay.
@lizabeth (666)
• United States
3 Feb 07
Thanks they are both doing better. It was nasty bites for them though.
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
4 Jan 07
I have not been bitten but my mother was. It does look nasty I agree. What gets me is they say there aren't any brown recluses here in Florida but I have heard from many that they have been bit or have known others who have been in the state. Makes one wonder huh? I am glad to hear they went to the doctor. With brown recluse bites you do need to get them checked out and medicine for them. They are not something to fool around with.