Gut Rumbles

September 17, 2005

spider bite

I wrote recently about what nasty sumbitches brown recluse spiders are. I suppose this parent found me from a search on the subject and she sent me this email.

My son was just bit by a brown or desert recluse. We have two of them in a jar for identification (looks just like brown recluse) He has been in hosp for 3 days, has had debridement and on heavy antibiotics. The Dr. who is originally from TX, identified the bite/necrosis. My son thought he got glass in his hand. He may lose his finger. Lots of tissue is gone and it split open from tip to end and has big gaping hole in center. I am supposed to put iodine strips and sterile gause every day. Irrigate with Saline. That's all! I have a brown recluse kit with the activated charcoal and a liquid to use, only problem is that no MD seems to know about it. I don't want to make it worse.

Does anyone know? I'm in Mesquite, Nevada and travel to Calif where we could have brought it over.

I'm not going to give out her email address, but if you have any advice, either leave it in my comments or email it to me and I'll forward it to her.

A brown reculse bite can be VERY serious.


Damn, that doesn't sound good at all. Laughing Wolf got bit a while back... though it doesn't leave much for advice. But it may be more than what she's received.

Posted by: That 1 Guy on September 17, 2005 12:33 PM

Here is a link to a resource regarding Brown Recluse Spiders.Nasty little fuckers we get them here in FLorida as well.My motto Kill them all let god sort them out.This site has some awful pix.i stay away from these bastards..
Hope it helps

Posted by: NeilV on September 18, 2005 10:23 AM
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Posted by: NeilV on September 18, 2005 10:24 AM

Damn, I thought I had it bad when I got bit by a house spider on the shoulder. Rash about a foot wide, weeping sore, fever and muscle weakness, but I'm grateful after reading this. I don't want the word 'necrotic' describing any part of me or mine!

Posted by: Eric on September 19, 2005 09:20 AM
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