The Brown Recluse bite; watch if you dare

Almost everybody who’s ever been bitten by a spider will adamantly tell you it was a brown recluse. They describe the ulcer type wound and speak of the painful months that it took to heal and how at one point they could actually see the bone. Now I really don’t want to doubt anyone and I am not a Doctor who diagnosis’s wounds but at least in my state of Florida these claims are hard to believe. You see, in the last century there has only been 6 confirmed brown recluse bites in the sunshine state. Part of the reason is that they are not native to Florida and although the recluse is at times a hunting spider they prefer to stay hidden in a web spun home usually in a undisturbed area.

In other areas where the recluse is common there are definitely confirmed bites but there are also many misdiagnosis as well. The yellow sac spider is a very common arachnid whose bite wounds are very similar to the recluse and so in many cases this spider is the true culprit but the brown recluse gets the automatic blame.

Regardless, if you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by a brown recluse you may be in for a long and painful ordeal. The necrotic venom of a recluse is very powerful and the gruesome wound can get quite large. I found this video on youtube that details the bite and how it spreads and although it is graphic, I think it does a good job of explaining the dangers of the recluse bite.

At this point I’m tempted to say “enjoy the video” but I think I should just warn you, “watch if you dare.”

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  • OK that was gross, lucky he didn’t lose that leg. I hate spiders…

  • OK that was gross, lucky he didn’t lose that leg. I hate spiders…

  • The Bug Doctor

    It is definitely a descriptive view.

  • The Bug Doctor

    It is definitely a descriptive view.

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  • Immediate small catheter liposuction to deal with spread of toxin would have been my first cause of action,upon admittance to E.R.,while epidermis is still intact.Time is the key factor in treatment,,and liposuction,with forced irrigation would prove to be the fastest way to evacuate toxins,from fat,as well as muscle tissue.
    What do ya think?

  • The Bug Doctor

    Dang- That is the best suggestion I’ve heard. It reminds me of how the cowboys would suck out rattlesnake venom in the movies. I don’t think that would be so great to have recluse venom in your mouth though. I’m not super medical but my wife is a nurse so oddly enough this makes perfect sense. I hearby declare you ‘commentor of the month!’

    Nicely done-

    Thanks for reading and come back soon, we could use some intelligence around here 🙂

    The Bug Doctor

  • The Bug Doctor

    Dang- That is the best suggestion I’ve heard. It reminds me of how the cowboys would suck out rattlesnake venom in the movies. I don’t think that would be so great to have recluse venom in your mouth though. I’m not super medical but my wife is a nurse so oddly enough this makes perfect sense. I hearby declare you ‘commentor of the month!’

    Nicely done-

    Thanks for reading and come back soon, we could use some intelligence around here 🙂

    The Bug Doctor