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Brown Recluse Spider Bite.

Casey Sorrow of A Fiend's Folio posted a series of photographs of a brown recluse spider bite wound. Gross, but strangely enthralling:

It has been a little over a year now since my father passed from heart complications, but six months before he passed he had been bitten by an unknown beastie in his backyard in Apache Junction, Arizona. Eventually they narrowed it down from a Black Widow to a Coral Snake to their final conclusion, a Brown "Recluse" Spider. He found great pleasure in assaulting my mailbox with his daily images of the progression of the bite, most of which I am fairly certain he did not seek out proper medical attention. But that is just how he was. So, in honor of the one year anniversary of my father's death I present to you his battle with a Brown "Recluse" Spider, a saga in 6 parts.

Links: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 (Warning: graphic photos) - Thanks Carl!


Okay, whatever that is, it's not a ridiculous spider bite. It IS tissue necrosis. Probably necrotizing fasciitis. Pus, especially THAT much, means bacteria.

Now, spiders CAN carry bacteria. The same way rats carry the plague. Also any kind of animal.

Those two reasons is why, if you suspect you have been bit by ANYTHING you should see a doctor, preferably in less than a day (some infections are very fast and can lead to necrosis in less than 8 hours).
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I beg to differ. My dad was bitten by a brown recluse spider about a year ago, and it looked just like that. The flesh around the bite started to rot away, and he was in constant pain. It didn't completely heal for a good six months.
Nasty little things, those spiders...
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"if you suspect you have been bit by ANYTHING you should see a doctor, preferably in less than a day"

I disagree, it is advice like this that creates hypochondriacs. I suggest to take every injury with a grain of salt using best judgment. While of course some injuries will quite obviously require medical attention, the majority of bites and injuries do not amount to anything serious and can be cared for at home with antiseptic and bandages.
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No need to be afraid. Get yourself some Spider Traps to catch the beasties then get a Brown Recluse First Aid Kit to protect yourself if bitten.
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