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Brown Recluse Spider Bites
Let us look at a couple of quotes about what
a brown recluse spider bite actually looks like:
"Brown Recluse bites are sharp but not initially painful
like those of the Black Widow, but a small, white blister is quickly
raised, broken, and surrounded by a red welt. An hour or more
may pass; then there may be intense pain. The depressed center
of this raised, red circle (the size of a dime to a quarter) turns
dark within a day. The dead tissue regularly sloughs away, and
the bite area scars over in one to eight weeks.
Death seldom occurs, but the bite is debilitating
and psychologically traumatic. Note: A bite from a brown recluse
may also produce an intensely sore lump, even several weeks after
the initial injury."
Ohio State University Extension Fact Sheet on entomology:
"The severity of a person's reaction to the bite (from
brown recluse) depends on the amount of venom injected and individual
sensitivity to it. Bite effects may be nothing at all, immediate
or delayed. Some may not be aware of the bite for 2 to 8 hours,
whereas others feel a stinging sensation usually followed by intense
pain if there is a severe reaction. A small white blister
usually rises at the bite site surrounded by a large congested
swollen area. Within 24-36 hours, a systemic reaction
may occur with the victim characterized by restlessness,
fever, chills, nausea, weakness and joint pain. The affected
area enlarges, becomes inflamed, and the tissue is hard to touch.
The spider's venom contains an enzyme that destroys
cell membranes in the wound area with affected tissue gradually
sloughing away, exposing underlying tissues. Within 24 hours,
the bite site can erupt into a "volcano lesion"
(a hole in the flesh due to damaged, gangrenous tissue)."
The danger of a brown recluse spider bite is
also dependent on where the bite occurs. It is most dangerous when
the bite is near an important part of the body, such as on the head,
just above a vital organ or near a joint.
The first thing to understand is that the damage
done by a brown recluse spider bite is done by chemical reactions
(i.e. involving enzymes). The venom literally liquefies human issue.
Thus, the most damage is usually not done by bacteria or virus.
If you go to a doctor, he or she will probably
give you antibiotics. While this is recommended because infection
will almost always be present in the spider bite, the treatment
is worthless at stopping the spreading of the chemical reaction
and it will not stop any possible gangrene, which was mentioned