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Old 04-24-2008, 12:43 PM   #1
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Brown Recluse Bite?
Has anyone here had a bite from a Brown Recluse? My daughter has some sort of wound on her elbow...It looked like a big (grossness coming up...lol) pimple and I put peroxide on it and it started to drain. Today it looks better than it did last night but there's still redness on her elbow and you can still see where the pimply looking bump was.

I know we have Brown Recluses in our house and we're going to get our house sprayed again...I've seen 2 Brown Recluses so far this spring.

The only reason I'm hesitant to take her to the dr. right away is because my hubby just got a new job and the insurance doesn't kick in for 90 days, so, until June, we have no insurance, and, we're really hurting for money right now.

I've been keeping a close eye on it, and, sent a note to school with her so the nurse has been watching it as well. The nurse called today and said it doesn't look any worse and she's not running a fever, but, she complained of feeling weird, then said it might be just because she was hungry...lol...

Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone has any experience with a bite from a Brown Recluse, and, if so, what were the symptoms?

Thank you!
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Old 04-24-2008, 12:59 PM   #2
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From this website: Brown Recluse Spider
Initially, the bite may feel like a pinprick or go unnoticed. Some may not be aware of the bite for 2 to 8 hours. Others feel a stinging sensation followed by intense pain. Infrequently, some victims experience general systemic reactions that may include restlessness, generalized itching, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, or shock. A small white blister usually initially rises at the bite site surrounded by a swollen area. The affected area enlarges and becomes red, and the tissue is hard to the touch for some time. The lesion from a brown recluse spider bite is a dry, blue-gray or blue-white, irregular sinking patch with ragged edges and surrounding redness--termed the "red, white, and blue sign." The lesion usually is 1 inches by 2 inches or smaller. The bite of the brown recluse spider can result in a painful, deep wound that takes a long time to heal.
Hope this helps. I think both you and the nurse keeping an eye on it will keep it from getting too serious. Just watch it because they can get ugly. Hope she's feeling better...
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I don't know anything about brown recluse bites, but I did want to say that I hope your daughter feels better
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I once went to a dermatologist because I thought I had a spider bite on my cheek. I went in the day after I noticed it. The doctor said that it wasn't a brown recluse bite, because if it was, it would already be a little hole like a cigarette burn. So if this is the day after, and it's just a little red, it's likely not a recluse bite.

However, he also told me that if I ever suspected a brown recluse bite again, that I should not delay in getting it looked at. They can treat them if you come in within hours of the bite, so that it shouldn't progress any further.
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I had a friend of mine get bit on the shin while riding in an airplane from Denmark to Iowa. He said he felt the initial prick, reached down and kind of scratched a little and didn't feel anything else. By the time he got home he felt like he had the flu. When he got home his leg was pretty puffed with the tell tale bullseye bite mark. From what he said the whole thing goes pretty fast from bite to knowing you're in trouble. He had a real rough time with it and spent some days in the hospital, if it starts to look funky or she complains of feeling cruddy by all means move on it.
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I wouldn't even stay in the house with a brown recluse. If it looks better today and doesn't look like this then you're probably good, but keep an eye on her!
http://www.highway60.com/mark/brs/casestudy_photos.asp

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Thank you for your replies, and, Jan, for the pic link! The "bite" my daughter has looked like the very first picture, but, it has been at least 3 days, and, it's looking even better now than when she left for school this morning.

After seeing those pics and reading stitchwitch's reply, I don't think it is a Recluse bite, I truly think she'd be feeling terrible, and, after 3 days, the area would look a ton worse instead of better.

I'm just at a loss as to what it is then...I don't know if it was maybe just a boil, or, a bite from something else. I'm definitely keeping a close eye on it regardless!
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Just saw this post... My daughter was bitten by a Brown Recluse. She had to have the area surgically removed. A great deal of pain, and about 2 weeks to complete heal. It did leave a scar.

It continually became worse, and only after the surgery did she finally start receiving relief.

I'm so glad your daughter is doing better.
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Gah! Those things are just evil aren't they?! Here's another site with some poor guy who got bit on the thumb, by day 3 it looks like he's pretty involved. http://www.ascendedhealth.com/brown-...te-picture.htm
So, so glad your daughter is improving!!! Hopefully it was just an infected hair or oil gland.
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If it is a brown recluse bite she needs to be seen.
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