Summertime, particularly, and cleanup is going on. Be careful where you put your hands. They like dark spaces, woodpiles, and cool areas in the attic, etc. These spiders can be found almost anywhere in the world now that everyone can get fruit from tropical and temperate areas at most anytime of the year by present rapid transit. While living the Winter of 2004-5 in Syktyvkar, Russia (latitude 61deg 42min), we were getting fresh grapes from Chile, for instance, and bananas from many "tropical" countries (mostly Egypt I believe).
Treatment should be sought early! You may think that it is a small thing, and will go away, and use "home remedies" to treat it yourself. This can be dangerous as you see below how much flesh this man lost from just a small bite. I had a woman come in once who had gone to the UCI Medical Center, and one or two other ER's with the problem progressing. I reasoned from what I knew and what was in the literature that such a small amount of poison did not progressively increase in abundance to attack more and more tissue, but instigated an immune reaction where the bodies resources were being hijacked to attack the body. I injected with a liberal amount of sterile cortisone in solution, warning the patient that there would likely be tissue atrophy which would likley resolve with time, and that was better than maybe even losing the hand. This woman's bite was on the dorsolateral wrist. The inflamation resolved, the skin became very smooth, thin, and translucent. She was very happy. And with 2 or 3 months the skin was back to normal.
SO SEEK TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY!
This man was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.
The following illustrates the progression
of a brown recluse spider bite.b
The affected skin actually dies on his body.
Some of the pictures towards the end are pretty nasty,
but take a look at the last one -- it is a picture of the spider itself.
The Brown Recluse Spider is the most
dangerous spider that we have here in the
A person can die from it's bite. We all should know what the spider looks like .
Send this around to people you love, at Spring and Summer times.
People will be digging around, doing yard work, spring cleaning,
and sometimes be in their attics.
The Dangerous Brown Recluse Spider
Please be careful.
Spider bites are dangerous and can have permanent
and highly negative consequences.
They like the darkness and tend to live in storage sheds or attics or other
areas that might not be frequented by people or light.
If you have a need to be in your attic, go up there and turn on a light
and leave it on for about 30 minutes before you go in to do your work.
PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO YOUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS! IT'S EASY, JUST HAVE THEM GO TO www.degaston.org and click on the medical link (the one with the doctor icon) on the Home page!