Gut Rumbles
 

August 23, 2005

watch out!

spider bite.jpg

This is what a bite does to you.

Comments

Which is why I insist that my husband select the bananas when we go grocery shopping (Think I am gonna risk being bitten by one of these bastards?)

Posted by: Ruth on August 23, 2005 12:48 PM

Mmmmmm!!! Where is my fork?

Spider bite? Maybe.. maybe not:

http://www.snopes.com/photos/bugs/brownrecluse.asp

Posted by: rightisright on August 23, 2005 12:53 PM

What the hell is that? What did I miss? Damn my a/c....

Posted by: Kellie on August 23, 2005 12:54 PM

Geez. I haven't even had my coffee yet and that's the first thing I see.

Posted by: Trish on August 23, 2005 12:57 PM

damn. At first I thought you had shot yourself with one of those non existant guns

Posted by: GUYK on August 23, 2005 12:58 PM

You can "Snopes" this picture all you want to and call it bullshit, but you can ask my friend Catfish if you don't believe me.

WE BOTH saw the pictures of what happened to that little boy after HE was bitten. His entire fucking LEG looked like that guy's thumb.

Why the hell do you think Cat is the one who sent me the pictures?

Posted by: Acidman on August 23, 2005 01:14 PM

I've been bitten by a brown recluse. The wound looked EXACTLY like the first two pictures in the Snopes link (I went to the Dr. before it progressed to anything remotely resembling Rob's picture).

That shit is NASTY. The Dr. put me on some hardcore meds (Don't remember what it was now; I got bit shortly after my college graduation, a time period marked by long periods of extended drunkenness...) ;)

Posted by: Jay G on August 23, 2005 01:27 PM

Jesus man! I just had Chinese food for lunch. Looks like a split open egg roll. Oh god, I think I'm going to be sick.

Posted by: Lee on August 23, 2005 01:30 PM

The way it was explained to me is the Brown Recluse's venom contains a self perpetuating enzyme that continually digests the victim's tissue. That little spider can't actually bite something a large as a human, but gets it's mouth parts crushed into the skin when (IF) it is crushed against the skin. Up here in Wa. State, BR "bites" usually occur when someone puts on a garment that's been hanging in a closet for quite a while. BR bites are uncommon because the little devils are "Reclusive," get it?

Posted by: Gerry N. on August 23, 2005 01:36 PM

Snopes all you want, my arm looked a whole bunch like this picture.

I've dealt w/ more than one person with bites from these little Bastards in the ER over the years. They are nasty. They don't really hurt when they get you. It starts to burn after a few hours. then the SOB gets red and looks like a damn volcano as it rots all around the area.

What you're seeing in this pic is a wound thats been surgically debrieded already. That's probably weeks old already. The problem w/ hand wounds is there are so many separate muscle groups that move in there, it creates areas where the infection can tunnel. It also makes it that much harder to heal.

Posted by: jmon on August 23, 2005 01:43 PM

Mmmm...YummY! Time for Lunch!

Posted by: wendi on August 23, 2005 01:47 PM

Oh I am soooo going to barf.

Posted by: blondage on August 23, 2005 02:08 PM

Wonder how that would taste like if ya licked it... Like snot, or like blood?

Looks awfully pussy.. (as in full of puss)

Posted by: Yogimus on August 23, 2005 02:25 PM

"Almost all brown recluse spider bites heal nicely in two to three months without medical treatment at all."

So.. 2-3 months.. as in 60-90 days... almost a quarter of a year.. yes. This vastly exagerates the severity of the situation.

Posted by: Yogimus on August 23, 2005 02:45 PM

AAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!
ROB!
I WAS suppose to be eating lunch..........not any more!
Gotdamn!
*shudders*

Posted by: Maeve on August 23, 2005 04:20 PM

That is just downright NASTY!

Thank God we don't have those here. But not too long ago, someone here got bit by one. Took the doctors a long time to figure out what kind of bug, in Alaska, could do that kinda damage. Turns out it was a BR, probably brought up here on a shipping container or something and went from there.

Posted by: Alaska Kim on August 23, 2005 04:25 PM

I've never, before going to Snopes, heard that about the healing.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on August 23, 2005 04:28 PM

Rob,
You asked me once how I can live in the "frozen nawth". I've started a list now.
1. The ants don't bite.
2. No killer bees could possibly survive a winter up here.
3. Way out of the range of the Brown Recluse spider.
Thanks a ton. I've been trying to answer that question for years.

Posted by: Lee on August 23, 2005 06:59 PM

Lee:

4. No alligators.
5. No stifling hot weather.
6. No trafffic

Posted by: Alaska Kim on August 23, 2005 07:20 PM

I've had a very similar result described to me , that was attributed to something called a "white tail spider".

It may be the same critter with a different name, or a different one.

The version I heard was that someone was bitten when clearing bush. Ended up loosing the leg at the knee because the doc couldn't stop the limb from self digesting. Was pretty suspect of it at the time , but seing this pic is an eye opener.

Posted by: efa on August 23, 2005 07:30 PM

The Australian white tailed spider has been known to cause this sort of ulceration, but not in every case of spiderbite.
There is some theory that the ulceration is caused by a combination of venom and bacteria from the bite.
To avoid this, thoroughly clean and disinfect any area where you suspect you may have been bitten, and if possible kill and keep the spider to show medics exactly what sort of anti venom shot you need.

Strangely, Rob's picture of the Brown Recluse looks VERY like a male white tailed spider from Australia!

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on August 24, 2005 01:08 AM
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