posted on Jan, 6 2006 @ 11:38 AM
Don't worry too much, MagicaRose. First off, doctors can't be sure which kind of spider it was unless you bring the critter with you to the
If it was a recluse bite, they may need to remove some tissue around the bite. Recluse spider bites (both brown and gold) cause the surrounding flesh
to die. The necrotic flesh must be removed, or the venom could spread to living tissue. (it doesn't multiply or anything, it just moves on to healthy
tissue) Severe cases might require skin grafts.
My uncle was bitten by (what the hospital believed to be) a brown recluse. He ignored the bite for about 10 days. The hospital had to remove the
infected area -skin, muscle, and a bit of bone- and give him skin grafts to cover the area. It was about the size of a peach.
I'm not trying to scare you, just want you to be informed. IMHO, if she was bitten last week, and she doesn't have noticeable dead skin; then
she'll be fine.