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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Warning ! Brown Recluse Spiders

I have posted on spiders and snakes in the past. This post is not about such creatures but is a warning about a danger to our readers of one specie of spiders.

One of my grand daughters was bitten by a recluse and the resultant tissue necrosis (dead, rotten flesh) and other complications required hospitalization and extensive treatment. The tiny bite area rotted out to a hole larger than the size of my thumb and appeared as deep as my thumb was long. Rotten flesh is an ideal environment for gangrene to flourish and that was a fear for a time. Eventually the wound healed but left an ugly, malformed scar on her shoulder.

A neighbor man was also bitten on the leg and spent considerable time in the hospital. Although the wound healed, the tissue loss required skin transplants to cover the large, depressed area left by the frequent debridement of dead flesh. The man was ill for several months.

The cases may be extreme but severe reactions from a bite are always a danger. Please be aware and alert.
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Article from an email:

The Dangerous Brown Recluse Spider

It's springtime & cleanup is going on. Be careful where you put your hands. They like dark spaces & woodpiles.

Also areas in the attic..............................................

This guy was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.
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Day 3


The following illustrates the progression of a brown recluse spider bite. The affected skin actually dies on his body!
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Day 5

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.
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Day 6

The Brown Recluse Spider is the most dangerous spider that we have in the USA

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Day 9


A person can die from it's bite. We all should know what the spider looks like
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Day 10

Send this around to people you love, because it is almost summertime.

People will be digging around, doing yard work, spring cleaning, and sometimes in their attics.
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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!
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Comparative size of recluse to human hand
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Recluse bite to shin.
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Recluse bite to calf of leg.
For more info, go to:
The brown recluse spider, Loxosceles reclusa, is a well-known member of the ... The brown recluse spider is native to the United States from the southern ...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_recluse -

Although recluse bites are relatively rare, people need to be well informed about the danger these creatures present. I suggest reading the article carefully. Please note:
1.) Most recluse bites result in minimal damage, but some result in severe tissue damage and complications, including gangrene. Children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for complications or even death.
2). The initial bite is rarely felt, so identifying the culprit may be difficult. Pain and other symptoms onset some time later. (Read the article). No bite is to be taken lightly.


COMMENTS:
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

ANY time I have to go under the house, I go with a full sized blow torch, the kind that has the "one handed on/off." If anything even moves, it instantly gets fried, and I look to see what it was later.

Yes, the torch is dangerous, but so are the spiders (and down here) snakes. The torch can be controlled with common sense. The bugs and snakes can't. Spiders and snakes I absolutely hate!

Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:14:00 PM

David G said...

And I felt sure when I saw the title of this post that it was about Cheney! Of course the spider is much better looking and far less dangerous.

In Australia we have the Redback and the Funnelweb spiders both of which will kill you unless you get proper, quick medical attention. Our snakes are pretty nasty too with death not far away with a few of them namely the King Brown and Black Snakes and Taipans.

Hey, this is a spooky subject! Cheers and peace.

Sunday, May 04, 2008 4:55:00 AM

WA: Hi, David. I have watched documentaries on the telly about the Australian "bities" and they are quite dangerous, for sure. Our Black Widow spiders are related to your Redbacks, I believe. We do have some spiders who build the funnelwebs but are not as dangerous as Australia's Funnelwebs. Rattlesnakes, Cottonmouths, Copperheads and Coral snakes are our chief poisonous snakes.
Blogger Mary said...

Oh that grossed me out completely. I am afraid of spiders and it just increased 10 fold. But this is good information to have. Really.

Sunday, May 04, 2008 9:28:00 AM

WA: Thank you, Mary. I know that some people are afraid of creepy-crawlies and I have no wish to gross anyone out. But in the interest of reminding our readers of lurking dangers, I published this. City folk especially don't think about these creatures but they do hide in urban and suburban locales and homes.

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3 Comments:

  • At Thursday, May 01, 2008 9:14:00 PM , Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

    ANY time I have to go under the house, I go with a full sized blow torch, the kind that has the "one handed on/off." If anything even moves, it instantly gets fried, and I look to see what it was later.

    Yes, the torch is dangerous, but so are the spiders (and down here) snakes. The torch can be controlled with common sense. The bugs and snakes can't. Spiders and snakes I absolutely hate!

     
  • At Sunday, May 04, 2008 4:55:00 AM , Anonymous David G said...

    And I felt sure when I saw the title of this post that it was about Cheney! Of course the spider is much better looking and far less dangerous.

    In Australia we have the Redback and the Funnelweb spiders both of which will kill you unless you get proper, quick medical attention. Our snakes are pretty nasty too with death not far away with a few of them namely the King Brown and Black Snakes and Taipans.

    Hey, this is a spooky subject! Cheers and peace.

     
  • At Sunday, May 04, 2008 9:28:00 AM , Blogger Mary said...

    Oh that grossed me out completely. I am afraid of spiders and it just increased 10 fold. But this is good information to have. Really.

     

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