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Old 04-24-2008, 07:22 PM   #11
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Yeah, they're nasty! Normally I don't mind spiders, but, I don't like spiders that can do that much damage, especially with 2 kids running around!

When we first moved into this house, it was infested with them. The house had been vacant for about 6 months and those Brown Recluses thought this house made a great home...lol...We've been here for 4 years now and for the first 2 or so we had the house regularly sprayed, then, last year we didn't see a single one and decided to save the money since hubby had taken a big pay cut. We're going to reschedule the spraying though since we've seen 2 already, one adult and one baby.

Hopefully the spot on my daughter's elbow will continue to look better...After reading the replies and doing more online research, I think it's probably some kind of spider bite, but, not a Recluse bite. I just can't imagine if it were a Recluse bite that it would be looking better instead of worse, and, she'd have some other symptom whether fever, chills, lethargy, or itching in the area of the wound.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:42 PM   #12
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It woud be getting worse and not better. She would have a rotten hole in her arm if it was a recluse. It sounds like a bite. Is she up-to-date with tetanus shots?
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Yeah, she's good on all her shots, she had to be up to date on all of them before starting school last August. She definitely does not have a rotting hole thank goodness! There's still some minor drainage, but, it hasn't puffed back up and the surrounding skin, though still a bit red, is not swollen, and, I don't see any fang marks. Whatever it is, I just hope it heals with no problems!
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:27 PM   #14
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I totally get the waiting to go to the doctor. I have to think I'm dying first! I lost my job in November and got bad flu & bronchitis the weekend that my insurance ran out. My mom kidnapped me and took me to the ER. I have a big bill. I'll start paying on it when I start working. What are they gonna do to me? Seriously, we don't go unless there is fever involved that won't go down.
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Yeah, it's insane how much an ER visit is, and, I'm so tired of doctors who don't have the time or willingness to sit down and really discuss symptoms and go through a process of elimination.

Like the other day I had to go to the dr. because of an earache I've had for a while now and thought my ear might have been infected...Then, I had some kind of nasty sinus cold...I go to the dr., wait forever, he finally gets in the room, looks in my ears and nose and says, no, no infection, it's probably just allergies! I guarantee, it's NOT allergies! I have no other allergy symptoms, and, the cold has finally gone away on its own! And, the allergy medicine I did take didn't help in the least...I think it was either a minor sinus infection, or, a sinus cold, but, he was so quick to push allergy medicine on me...and charge me $60...I know if I took my daughter to the dr., all he'd do is look at her elbow, tell me to keep it clean and if it doesn't look better in a week to bring her back in.

We're so behind on dr. and hospital bills as is it's not even funny...The insurance hubby had at his last job was terrible and we've paid hundreds upon hundreds of dollars out of pocket, and that's not including the $400 that was being taken out of hubby's check every month!

If my daughter must go, of course I'll take her, but, I just don't want to rush her there prematurely and pay out the a** just to have the dr. do nothing, ya know?
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I recommend garlic tablets. They might not cure what you have but they will help prevent something else. I take them and have never had a single problem with vampires.
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I've never had a bite, but I used to be big into internet tarantula communities.
I recall someone saying to put Desenex on recluse bites. I guess the poison that rots the skin is similar to athlete's foot. This was to be used as a stop gap measure while you got to a doctor.

Now the person who told me that said she was bit by one, but she was also bitten by a bird eating tarantula and she handled them without bad effects other than the puncture wounds and those are supposed to be some pretty potent spiders for tarantulas. So I think she was pretty immune to spider bites.

If I get bitten it will be by hobo spiders, problem is although I swear that is what is in my shed we don't have them allegedly so I'll have a time convincing them that's what it is.

The only one that actually looked like a real recluse was in a hotel room in GA on my sister's pillow.

It could be a wolf spider. They're the same type as the hobos and recluse so I imagine they would leave a mark. I've also seem some wolf spiders that were pretty aggressive.
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Sheesh! You need a new doctor! HMO's can be a pain, but I'm glad we have something. I don't know where you live, but there are a lot of places now in drugstores with set fees. I haven't been to one though.
http://www.minuteclinic.com/en/USA/
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I learned in my EMT training that the bite of a beown reclue is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY and can result in tissue necrosis and even loss of a limb. It usually progresses to very painful very fast.

I wouldn't stay in house known to have them, they tend to bite you in your sleep and the bite itself is not painful, you wake up in the midest of real trouble.
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