posted on Oct, 15 2004 @ 01:19 PM
About six years ago, I was bitten by one these recluse spiders.
It happened while I was asleep. I awoke with the feeling I had a
mosquito bite. It was a small welt that was very red and itchy. I was
actually able to find the spider in the bed. I had apparently rolled
over and squished it. I put the spider in a jar in case something
happened. Well by that afternoon, my right arm, on the inside was starting to swell and turn red. I went to the doctor the following day, with the
jar and the spider, and the doctor confirmed it was indeed a recluse.
My arm felt on fire. It was very hot to the touch. The doctor scraped
away a section of skin if I remember right, and he put me on an
anti-biotic of some sort. I don't recall the medicine name. After about
three days this infected area was about 4 inches in diameter.
Imagine cutting a golfball in half and placing one of the halfs on
your arm. That is how big it had swollen, and how high it was.
After taking the medicine for a few days, it brought the swelling down,
but the pain and the heat was still there. I lived with this pain for
approximately 6 months. It took this much time for the redness
to disappear. Six years later I still have a large scar on my arm that is
about the size of a nickle. I also had to go back on a couple of occasion
to have some fluid drained off.
Some facts about recluses. They are sort of like other spiders in that they
like to hide in dark, damp places. One place they love is underneath
water beds. They also love to hide in cardboard boxes or shoe boxes.
They will hide underneath clothes stored and folded up in a drawer.
Recluse spiders can go for a long time without eating, I have heard they
can go for 3 months without consuming food, although they like to come
out at night and sneak around.
An experiment was done in the state of Indiana in the US a few years ago.
The scientists or whoever they were, asked at random if they could come
into peoples homes and search for the recluse. They said that on average,
they found as many as 200 in the homes searched.
I have known a few people over the years that have been bitten by a
Black Widow, and have seen the results, and believe me, I think I would
rather have the Widow bite as opposed to the Recluse. My bite was an
experience that went on for over a year before I felt right, and the color
came back to my arm and the swelling and pain subsided. This is one
nasty little spider and it is not a fun experience to go through.