Main Article on Brown Recluse Spider Bites Question: What was your experience with brown recluse spider bite? Submit Your Comment Comment from: One painful bite, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 11 On June 27th, I was bitten in my sleep by a brown recluse spider on my right leg, inches away from my groin. I had a full body rash, fever, and started turning purple. The pain was a level 9. I went to the doctor and got put on 6 different medicines. Here I am 5 weeks later still fighting this. I have had 6 doctor visits. They have cut out the rest of the black dead tissue only to now find more dead tissue but now it looks like slime. This has been one terrible journey. Hope this starts healing soon. Comment from: Annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 28 I have had a total of 4 brown recluse spider bites in the past 1 1/2 years. The tissue destruction has been different with each bite. Each have gone to the bone with ligaments, bone and nerves exposed. They all made me feel ill. The pain has been different with each one. But each of them required antibiotics, steroids, pain control and extensive wound care (thankfully I’m a nurse). One required 4 surgeries with skin grafting. But all have left ugly scars. Comment from: Jeano, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21 After stacking wood the evening before, I woke up and scratched my itchy stomach and found a bright purple 1-inch hard lump. The vividness of the purple led me to the doctor’s office that day. He took a look, said it was a brown recluse spider bite, and called a local outpatient surgeon. I was treated that day with IV antibiotics, and a drain was placed and left in place with repeated visits and drains for a couple of weeks. Over 10 years later I have a puffy round scar 1-1/2 inches across. Comment from: Ms Arana, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21 I was bitten on my arm by a brown recluse spider - looked like a mosquito bite at first but developed necrosis. I had intense nerve pain, arm was swollen, and had brief paralysis of left side. The doctor gave antibiotics and painkillers that did not help, wanted to surgically remove much of my upper arm, including muscles/tissue. I sought alternative treatment. Herbalist recommended desert plantain (not the same as regular plantain). I used powdered herb as poultice and it worked amazingly to heal the bite site. But I was very sick for 1.5 years afterwards. Comment from: Laura from VA, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 Virginia resident here. Four weeks ago I was bitten by what I suspect was a brown recluse spider, while sleeping. I suppose it could have been something else, but brown recluse seems most likely. I woke up to a lip swollen approximately 4 times the normal size. While I didn't experience pain with the bite, the swelling was uncomfortable. It's been 4 weeks, and I still have a 'hole' next to my lip which crusts over, comes off, and there's a smaller hole after each 'molt'. I'm hoping at some point, this scabbing ends. Comment from: Stacy B, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 29 The brown recluse spider bite is in my eyelid by my tear duct. It was swelled up for a few days, then I woke up to a black eye and went to the doctor who gave antibiotics. We'll see what happens. Comment from: Phyllism, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on my right shin, in 2006. I went to the emergency room in severe pain and did not allow the doctors to touch it. I was given medication and some serious pain medication and sent home. The scar went all the way to the bone and now today I have white discolored spots surrounding the scar. Comment from: TalkingLeaf, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 02 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider 4 1/2 days ago. Finally, on day 2, I made it to the local emergency room and was prescribed clindamycin, an antibiotic. It bit the top of my shoulder. The bitten area isn’t too painful, but it feels like someone is ripping my collarbone out repeatedly, and lying down is impossible. I’ll be so glad when this is over, or at least a bit better. The pain is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Just moving makes me want to scream. Comment from: Bitten, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 19 I was bitten on my right buttock by what I believe to be a brown recluse spider. The bump became very inflamed and painful, followed by a fever of 101.3, chills and body cramps. I thought I had COVID-19. The emergency room refused to see me, stating, it had to run its course and 3 days later I'm still suffering. Comment from: Nyanko, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 12 I was bitten on my left calf by a brown recluse spider. Just noticed a pinprick sized black spot in the middle of a red bump. Next morning I was in serious pain with redness and swelling. The center was white and black. I went to the doctor on day 4 with a classic looking necrotic bite and they prescribed antibiotics. The next day I could not walk at all. The only thing that finally got me somewhere with relief was cleaning it with witch hazel and soaking in an Epsom salt bath for at least 10 minutes. Day 10, I can walk somewhat now. QUESTION Emotional trauma is best described as a psychological response to a deeply distressing or life-threatening experience. See Answer Comment from: world traveller, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 11 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on the ankle, in 2016, travelling in Panama. I thought it was a mosquito bite but it quickly turned in to a large open sore, the size of a quarter. Large swollen scab, sweats and heart palpitations followed. Doctor had no cure. Useless! The sore eventually healed after 8 months. I still get tingling like mini-electric shocks at the wound site. This year a similar open sore appeared on my buttock, this too took a long time to heal. The poison is still in my body 4 years later. Comment from: Avaa, 55-64 (Patient) Published: March 19 I healed my brown recluse bite with a paste made of baking soda, a poison neutralizer, hydrogen peroxide, a virus and bacterial infection killer. It healed in a few days. Comment from: AshSmiles, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 20 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider at the end of August. At a friend’s, but hanging out near the house and a wood pile. I didn’t notice it happen, but came home with mosquito bites all up my legs, usual, then one bite that wouldn't go away. After a week of cleaning and care, it became a hole. The hospital said it was a spider bite. This was later confirmed by home owners seeing them. Ten days of antibiotics didn’t clear it up. A few days, then 2nd round was given. Then 8 days on an IV! I have a 1.5 inch circular scar, and now I'm always sick. Comment from: Angie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 10 All I originally saw was a bump on my calf that looked like a big mosquito bite, but did not itch. Within 3 or 4 hours, it became swollen and painful, a red bump of about 2 inches with a white center. After 7 hours, the red bump got larger, more painful. Then I saw two holes in the white spot area with the holes turning black and purple. Now I knew this was not a mosquito bite but a brown recluse spider bite and it was painful. Go to urgent care! I got antibiotics and a tetanus shot. Within 2 days I was healing; 5 weeks completely healed. Comment from: ridemhigh, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 14 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on the back of my left hand and noticed swelling and discoloration the first day. Then for two full days I experienced chills, sweats, joint pains, nausea and fatigue. Four months later my joints are still very stiff. Comment from: Sean , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 31 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on both legs just above my ankles, and developed large wounds. One is healing but the other is not going anywhere… still about 4 mm deep and very sore. Doctors in South Africa have no idea. I have been to about 7 doctors and spent over R 20,000.00 already this year to try heal and keep infection away. I really need some advice. Don't know what to do anymore. Comment from: Eileen , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31 A brown recluse spider bite is debilitating. Just pay mind to soreness or pain, swelling, blueness, or black lesions and seek medical treatment immediately. Self-treatment only delays recovery and boy, is it painful! And ice immediately to prevent the spread of the venom. Comment from: Summer, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 06 Two and a half years ago I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in my lower left leg. It hurt immediately and made a 4 to 5 inch wound, yellowish under my skin, and I used ice packs. Over the next 6 months I was diagnosed with pneumonia (the kind that settles other places in your body, not lungs), I had joint and bone pain, nausea and bone pain for the next year and 1/2. My naturopath didn't relate my illness to the bite. I saw the spider run away, looked it up and knew it was brown recluse. I'm fine and all that massive suffering is past. Comment from: Carolita, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 22 November 2018 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in an Irish pub in Florida. When it happened I felt something crawling on my leg and I brushed it off with my shoe. The next day I had a dime sized red welt with two holes on it. It grew in size and ulcerated over a week and when I finally went to the doctor (I was traveling when this happened). Fast forward one year later and I am still dealing with rashes, hives and illness. Really awful! Comment from: OnceBitten, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 21 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in the upper right thigh in 1981 while serving in the Marines in southern California. I was in my bunk while everyone else was out in formation. They sent someone in to get me and I could not move at all. I could only move my fingers tips and speak some. I was basically paralyzed from the neck down. Now 38 years later, I am having trouble from my main nerve system, possibly from the same bite. Neurologist says the main nerves are dying. Very bad spider! SLIDESHOW Slideshow: 12 Surprising Headache Triggers Tips See Slideshow Comment from: CindyDamore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 14 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on Halloween night in my bed in Cool Ridge WV, where these spiders aren’t even supposed to be. It looked like a bullseye rash to start with, now it is rotting out and doctors say they can’t do anything besides antibiotics on top of antibiotics; surely someone has a better answer! Comment from: COOP, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21 On vacation in Cabo I noticed a quarter-sized red circle swollen and itchy on my right wrist on the ulna joint, multiple red lines going down my forearm. I didn't see anyone at the time though the brown recluse spider bite was painful and the doctors here dismissed it. It has been 2 years, my wrist is swollen, as well as my fingers, and I have a lack of movement and constant pain. It is also hypersensitive and doctors keep saying it is not related to the bite I. still think it is the exact spot. I am having surgery next month. Comment from: MustangSal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 18 I was bitten on both ankles by a brown recluse spider without my knowing it. It began with itching so I didn't think anything about them. Progressed to swollen, red, inflamed legs and within a few days I could not walk because the pain was so intense. I was treated by the general physician with antibiotic and steroid cream; same day I ended up in the emergency room (ER) with unbearable pain. I could not walk even with assistance. I was given antibiotic shot, pain medicines, and antibiotic prescription. I am on day three after ER and I still cannot walk. Icing and elevating are the only relief. Comment from: Spider, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 09 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. The next morning I woke up with hives and chills, then sweats and nausea. I almost passed out and then went to the emergency room (ER). I had a small bruise on my shoulder but they missed the diagnosis. The pain in my shoulder was unbearable. The toxin destroyed my nerves. Worst pain ever. I had no energy for about 5 weeks; 11 abnormalities on my blood tests. I am currently in wound treatment, 12 weeks later. Please check everything and listen to your body; go to the ER! Comment from: Mel, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 03 My husband was bitten by a brown recluse spider 10 years ago September, on his arm. Every year around the beginning of August through the end of October the spot starts to itch again, uncontrollably to where he can't stand it. Wonder if anybody else has had this happen. I am not sure if this is from the brown recluse spider bite he had 10 years ago or if it is something else. It lasts for about a couple months in the fall and then goes away, but comes back every year and it's only the spot he was bitten on. Comment from: TheDeed, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 01 Two months ago I was bitten by a brown recluse spider about 7 times in my head from my left ear to the middle of my head. I still have sores, open sores and a headache. And a bad backache. Comment from: Cc, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider four times on my foot and ankle. When I got home from work that day, I could not take my shoe off. I went to our emergency room and they seemed to not freak out about it. They gave me an antibiotic which I'm allergic to and a pain pill, said go home, put ice on it, and be careful. I took the pain pill and I took that antibiotics for the first 2 days. Then I got ulcers in my stomach and I feel like I have the worst case of the flu ever. Today I am sweating and hurting, and it's been almost a week. I don’t know what to do now. Comment from: ArE, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I just recently moved back to Arkansas and was bitten by a brown recluse spider (BRS) Sunday morning while sleeping. At first I thought it was a mosquito bite so I brushed it off, but something in the back of my mind told me to pull back the covers, and what did I discover; a BRS! I immediately went to the emergency room and told them what had happened, and you would've thought the doctor would have done his job to look over the notes before entering the room. He quickly assumed it was an ingrown hair and basically blew me off. Comment from: J Divizion, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27 Brown recluse spider bites are rare even in endemic areas. They're called 'recluses' for a reason. If you didn't see it bite you and live in an area where they're prevalent, you can't assume that's what caused your lesion. There are countless causes of similar-looking bumps and sores including MRSA and other bug bites. Our home in Oklahoma is infested with Loxosceles reclusa and we've only had 1 bite in 17 years. It caused a massive swelling, diffuse severe itching and fever. Only 1 percent of all bites become necrotic. Comment from: Killemall, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 13 I was bit by a brown recluse spider behind my right knee on 9-2-16. I spent 3 weeks in hospital, 5 months of kidney dialysis, it is now 8-10-19, and I still have no feeling or function in my right lower leg, ankle or foot! I was a guinea pig the whole time! About 12 to 15 different doctors sacrificed my leg for their notebooks. I still can't get any straight answers other than it may take time (not funny). Comment from: Mechelle , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 12 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider on my thumb on 7/20/19. I was put on prednisone, Bactrim, and mupirocin ointment. It is now 8/8/19 and I have 2 lumps on my thumb where I was bitten and one of the lumps is red still. I also am quite fatigued and my side that I was bitten on seems to hurt all over. I hope that spider died a horrible death. Comment from: PennyinSC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 05 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider (BRS) in 1996. The area above my ankle on the back of my calf where I was bitten is about a quarter sized. If I am out in the heat for any length of time it will turn red and peel. It is the strangest thing I have ever seen. Now, I have been bitten on my right arm about a week ago, not all BRS bites turn ugly so I am watching it carefully, so far so good. Comment from: Jasen, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 31 I'm experiencing severe muscle aches in my ribcage, shoulders, and back, centered around where my now-healed brown recluse spider bite was. Mostly at night, there is no way to sit or lie that doesn't hurt. It hurts to breathe. I started to feel an ache internally, where the liver or gall bladder would be, and went back to the emergency room fearing gallstones or liver failure. They found nothing. At this point, OTC pain medicines were useless. I took one of every pill we had and unbelievably found antihistamines took the pain away. Comment from: Lotawata, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 24 I was bitten in my sleep by a brown recluse spider. I woke up to find a large area of red, hot painful skin that extended from halfway down my thighs to just under my sternum. I went to the emergency room whose staff diagnosed me. Here comes the tough part: 25 years later that bite still erupts with necrotic tissue! Comment from: ERICA, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 08 I got bitten by a brown recluse spider a week ago, once on the top of my left hand and once on my left hip. I went to the doctor about 10 hours after the bite and was given a steroid shot and antibiotics. I went to the emergency room the next day and was told they couldn’t tell if my skin was going to die or not, and to keep an eye on it. It’s been a week now and my hand still looks the same. The bite on my hip is healing, pain is still unreal and now there is a numb sensation on my hand. I hope my skin is not dying. Comment from: Bob, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02 I get bitten almost every year for the last 12 years by brown recluse spiders; always in bed at night, and always the same leg. Some years I get through it without antibiotics, some not. I usually get through the flu type symptoms in a few days. I get cellulitis where the bite is, in a week or so. We live in North Central Indiana. Doctors don't believe in brown recluse here. But when they get the blood test back the bacteria is so high they want to hospitalize me. Ha! But they still don't believe in brown recluse. Comment from: Truth, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 11 I was bitten by a brown recluse at a very young age of 8 or 9, I’m 22 years old now. The place where I was bitten was on my arm by my shoulder. I never felt the bite and I never saw the spider, I woke up from a nap with my arm on fire. The bump started growing and growing. Some days went by, I was over at a family member’s house, she took a look at my arm, and was surprised to come across a hole in my arm so deep a Q-tip could go down into it. Till this day I still have the mark it left, people think I got shot. Comment from: Ricolinii, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 11 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider roughly 6 days ago. Well, I tell you I’ve never had something so scary or disgusting looking in my life. It hurt to even move my knee at all. The skin is turning yellow (I’m black) and falling off. The parts that fell off show that I have a horrid deep pocket of just dead skin. I’m sure it’s infected. I’m currently taking amoxicillin for it, starting yesterday. My thigh hurts. My urine is dark (sign of infection). This is horrible. I hope it gets better. Just sharing my experience. Comment from: Spider survivor , 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 23 I didn’t even know what this was. About 8-10 hours after I was bit by a brown recluse spider it started to hurt, turn red and show obvious bite marks. The first doctor I saw didn’t recognize it and prescribed an antibiotic that didn’t work. On the fifth day I went to see my doctor who did an emergency admit. I was in septic shock, in terrible pain and extremely ill. The emergency room notified my next of kin. They admitted me for 2 weeks, and I had home nursing for two more weeks. I missed 3 months of work and healed in 5 months. Scary and awful. Comment from: Witch Weaver, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09 I am from Arizona who came all the way to the Bronx, New York City to get bitten by a brown recluse spider! It was the worst experience in my life and I hope every day that the pain would go away, and 6 months later it finally did. It was a very long healing process probably because I didn't take it seriously and I didn't pack or clean it the way I was supposed to. It left a huge crater in my leg. I don't wish this on anyone. Comment from: ES, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 08 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in July 2018 on my right lower abdomen area. I went to the doctor later that day and was given ointment and antibiotic. It seemed to heal and I didn’t think anything of it. Then in August it seemed as if the bite had just occurred again. Same redness, itchiness, swollen and burning sensation. Again, I was given antibiotic which seemed to heal. This has been recurring since then every couple months. It only superficially heals. Comment from: Corri M, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21 I was bitten last Sunday 9/16/2018. One bite on the neck. Brushed something off not feeling a bite but noticed what I recognized as a brown recluse spider. Noticed a small bite that seemed hard but not itchy or sore after showering. Next day it was very sore and slightly itchy. Within 48 hours it formed a blister and felt like an oven burn. Urgent care put me on prednisone and Augmentin. It is now Thursday and I've had continual headache and general fatigue with sore joints. I am applying ice packs. Comment from: Dmp, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24 I was bitten on my inner arm area at the elbow by what I believe was a brown recluse spider, in October 2017. Since then I have had reoccurring joint swelling and pain on various joints, mostly on the same side as my bite. I believe it’s given me some sort of autoimmune disorder. Previous to this I was extremely healthy. Comment from: Lbarrett, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 23 I felt something crawling under my shirt, I reached back to slap it and a spider fell out of my shirt. I felt a sting like a bee sting. Next day I developed a fever and swollen itchy skin at the bite site. The doctor diagnosed venomous spider bite. There are only two poisonous spiders in our area of Oklahoma. I had seen that the spider was brown, so must have been a brown recluse. The doctor could see the bite site and the area where the toxin had spread. I began antihistamine and antibiotic. Comment from: Jeffro, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 20 Five years ago I was bit by a brown recluse spider! If your infection comes back on your buttock, or your back it is in your blood! I have been dealing with a spider bite for years, and the doctor says the poison is all in my bloodstream! Another round of lying in a bed for a month to get rid of this poison! Comment from: Reese B., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11 I live in Alaska where these brown recluse spiders are not indigenous but have been imported by travelers and imported goods. Anyway, I had a blister at first and when I went to poke a hole in it you could hear the air come out of it. After, it wouldn't heal but remained small. Two months later I had a scar that resembled a burn. I was lucky because mine didn't spread as I have seen others do. Comment from: Mina, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 05 I woke up with a trail of 3 bites on my calf; each a white area with 2 puncture marks, surrounded by a red ring about the size of a Loonie coin. I washed it with soap and kept an eye on it for 2 days, while the area swelled and got bigger. I felt quite lethargic, I went to the doctor, and he knew what it was, a brown recluse spider, and prescribed oral antibiotics and a topical antibiotic ointment. It has been two days since starting the antibiotics, and the bites are less swollen and less red. Comment from: Timmay, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 31 A brown recluse spider was in my shoe and bit me on the top of my foot, right by my toes (middle). At first, I had pain in my foot, but I thought it was from playing soccer. When my foot began to get swollen, I went to some day care and got some antibiotics. The swelling went down, and all was well. I will admit, it hurt to walk for about a week. It felt like I broke bones in my foot. Comment from: Compgeek 101, 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 29 Brown recluse spider bite is scary! It started on my hand, went all over my body, and refused to go away. I have had steroids and other stuff to help but it don't seem to work. Comment from: Web Thrower, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 25 The brown recluse spider is where some will tell you they are not. Base your bite decision on the symptoms and where you were at and doing 6 to 20 hours before the bite took place. I burn wood and have a large shed and it does have brown recluse spiders, no bed bugs, no ant bites! I live in central Lower Michigan, I’m 77 years old. I was bitten 5 years ago and have two brown fang spots to prove it. I was bitten again around 4-8-2018 many times. The brown recluse spider was in my right glove and lightly nibble-bit me on the hand 3 times [nibble bite about the size of a black fly bite]. Next it went to my wrist coat cuff and bit me 8 times severely. Now after 2 weeks I have a dime size and quarter sized black spot wounds. It nibble-bit my wrist joint and my lower elbow 20 times. It bit me on the elbow 2 times, moderate bites red with white spot in center. It went down my back at belt line and nibble-bit in 3 more places. It went up my back and out my left sleeve and bit one nibble wound on its way out. I was loading wood at the time and didn't feel a thing or see the spider. After a day or so the pain was ice pick extreme. I'm in good shape so I didn't go to a doctor. I don't suggest others doing this! I'm not over it yet, but am back to my normal work load with slight pain. Comment from: E musekamp, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 26 I believe I was bitten by a brown recluse spider 3 to 4 days ago. I did not know I was even bit, until I scratched the affected area. I went to my physician, and he ordered Bactrim and a topical lidocaine. That was yesterday, and I am experiencing extreme pain, the bite is located in my pubic area. It is painful to sit or have clothes brush against the affected area. It is 5 days since the initial bite and the pain is almost unbearable. Comment from: Kelly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 31 I was bit by a brown recluse spider in 1999 I was 22. A few of us after work decided to get some drinks and food and the restaurant had tables outside where we sat at. Late evening I had my legs on another chair relaxing while waiting on other servers to finish closing. This is where the spider had to have gotten in contact with me (I was wearing shorts) and I believe this is where it crawled up to where the crease of your stomach is when you sit down and when I bent over or sat back down I was bitten. Upon arriving home I got in the shower and I scratched the area as well because it was itching. A few days to a week later I had gotten really sick and had noticed the mark on my stomach and made appointment to see the doctor the next day. Well, the doctor told me that I was bitten by a brown recluse and that my scratching my stomach helped get some of the sac off me but the doctor still had to scrape some of the poison out, for which he did have to cut me open and scrape the poison out. He finished scraping the venom out, then he stuffed about 3 feet of gauze in it and I believe about a week later I went back and he took the gauze out and said it has to heal from the inside out, so I had a nice size hole under my belly button until it healed. Comment from: kath., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 31 I had a brown recluse spider bite when I was still in high school. So, back in the 19 hundreds. It had to be 1976ish. I still have a dime size tissue gone in my lower foreleg. The venom went into my blood stream and I had trouble breathing. I had to go to the emergency room because my Mom knew something was horribly wrong for me to miss school. I loved going to school. They didn't know what it was at first, as brown recluses were not known to live in Washington State. Well, they do! Comment from: Dan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 06 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider behind my ear. I did not know that I was bitten, long story short a huge boil looking thing was behind my ear. The pain started, then fever and hallucinations. I tried to be my own doctor and let the bite drain for 2 weeks; endless draining, could fill a coffee cup up easily. Well, a month later I was healed up but I lost major weight. My body started breaking down slowly puking every day, finally I was puking up bile, and pain set in bad in my stomach. I ended up in the emergency room because the doctor could see the spider bite 2 months later. I looked so bad they were asking me if I was a homeless drug addict! I tried to explain but no one would listen. They were telling me I had pancreatitis, etc. Well, they ruled that out but they couldn’t diagnose me with anything, just had a lot of IVs. What a horrid experience, I have never been the same since. I should have got treated early, my fault. My jaw is permanently messed up, the right side of my face also, and nervous system. I think I was bitten 3 times, I have pictures pretty nasty! Comment from: Terri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 06 I am still in the process. I was bitten by a brown recluse spider 5 weeks ago. I just had to write in case this information will help anyone. I was bitten and several days later it blistered and popped. Several more days and it developed the black fang looking hole/scab with red ring around. I immediately began treating with essential oil 'On Guard' by Doterra. (No, I don't sell it.) I also put a drop under my tongue every morning and night. It didn't do anything; for 4 weeks. It just stayed the same size, and didn't itch much or hurt at all. Just about a 1 inch size red spot with 1/4 black fang scab in the middle. I got so confident with it. I wanted to see what would happen (embarrassed to admit). I pulled off the scab and didn't treat it for a few days (with the oil). It immediately began to spread all over the area (I think I spread the venom around), and it itched severely. I know I can't stand not to scratch (at night when I'm sleepy) and that seems to spread it more. I've been getting chills and itching has spread systemically. Needless to say, I started taking the oils again (also taking boswellia, not sure which was helping before), but it is having a hard time catching up. Comment from: Dori, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 26 It was May 1973 just before my son's 8th birthday and we had gotten a call from his school around noon to pick him up. He was sick with a high fever and had a swollen area on his lower back the size of a half dollar with an indentation in the center. We rushed him to his doctor who diagnosed him with a throat infection, asked him what happened to his back, and when my son said he fell while getting off the bus at school, the doctor assumed the swollen area on his back was an injury from the fall. He sent him home with an antibiotic. A few hours after resting quietly in bed, he got up to go to the bathroom and screamed when all he was urinating was blood. We rushed him to the emergency room and a surgeon knew instantly that he had been bitten by an insect of some sort. Blood test revealed that he was bitten by a brown recluse spider. He was given fluid and steroids. A catheter drained blood from his kidneys. All we could do was pray as we listened to our child scream in pain for hours. The entire side of his back and chest had hardened and we were told that due to systemic toxicity, he most likely would not live through the night. After he had made it through the night, we were told not to get our hopes up, the hardened areas could slough off exposing his heart and lungs. Gradually, over the next few days, his condition improved and he celebrated his birthday in the hospital where many people came by to see what the doctors were calling 'the miracle child.' Most kids don't survive what he went through. Today, he has only a large scar on his back. These spiders are not to be ignored. We had never heard of them until our son was bitten and he was the first reported victim in our county. Sometimes the only way to know that they exist in your home is to lay glue traps along the baseboard. If you find one, there most likely are hundreds or thousands more that you don't see. Comment from: Bitten and swollen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 17 I was bit by a brown recluse spider in between my little toe and next. I could barely see it but it became white the next day. I was in pain but not sick to my stomach. We went to an urgent care two days later and the doctor gave me a light antibiotic. We then went on vacation for 3 days to South Padre island. My foot swelled up like a football. I was putting heat on it and that is a mistake. Always put ice around the swollen area. My foot looked like a soft ball mitt and the color around my toes was a dark red going to purple. I went to a hospital and they admitted me right away. They gave me a powerful antibiotic shot then a tetanus shot, then observed me in the emergency room for 3 hours. I am now on powerful antibiotics and Benadryl cream. And I take diphenhydramine during the day and night. You must do these things until the bite site heals, or it is surgery. Comment from: snoopy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 24 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in September 2005. It was located above my right breast. I did not know that I had even been bitten until the next day. I had a fever of 102 and a spot that went from a pimple size to a half dollar. I had to have surgery and every other day go to the surgeon to remove dead tissue. After 2 weeks I was able to handle my wound at home. I have been sick ever since. I honestly believe it triggered rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that was dormant in my system and perhaps would have developed in my later age. I am now disabled due to RA and back problems. Comment from: Izzy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider in June of 2014. It must have walked and bitten me 3 times. I felt the pain under my long pants, took them off, shook out the critter and smashed it. I had large open weeping painful sores for about 10 weeks. They left scars, the largest of which must have been the first bite where the most venom was left. Up to now this is pretty much the same as everyone else's story. This May, I developed a bad asthma attack and pneumonia and was placed on steroids which dropped my immune system. What do you know! In the area of the largest scar, it erupted as if it were a brand new bite. My doctor said there must have been enough old venom hidden in there to react when my immune system was down. I've been on antibiotics again for 5 weeks with little progress. Grouchy and pesky little critters. Comment from: Painter, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 31 I got bit by a poisonous spider behind the knuckle on my left hand middle finger. I took three courses of antibiotics over two months and haven't had any trouble in 4-5 months. Now it's starting to swell into a pimple form again and beginning to itch just like it did the first few days after the bite. Comment from: Tina, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 29 I got bitten by a brown recluse spider in 2003 or 04 and it almost cost me my life. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks, and when I finally got home, the spider was still in the shorts I wore when I got bitten! Comment from: Jennifer R, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 18 I got bitten by a brown recluse spider twice on my right ankle. Now that the scars have healed, but my right ankle is swollen and it itches. Comment from: one iota , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 22 I am on day 5 after a brown recluse spider (BRS) bite and have a purple bruise on the back of my leg about the size of a baseball. The doctor was pretty cool about the whole thing when I saw him three days ago. He said it's just a little spider bite and black and blue because it got you on a varicose vein. Do nothing and it will go away on its own. I mentioned BRS and he laughed saying not here in California. Comment from: Amanda, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 10 I just posted how I treated my brown recluse spider bite but I didn't have enough room to say I have a scar from, it but it's not that big. I'm pretty proud of myself for having done it on my own without knowing what it was till I described it to a friend and it matched the bite of a brown recluse. I was 34 at the time. And it was on my upper thigh! Comment from: robertscottbutrym, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: July 13 My girlfriend got bitten by a brown recluse spider in Pittsburgh 25 years ago. My boss got bitten last year. Your coverage map is too small, the Indian doctors use this map and don’t treat the bite for what it is. My boss was told there are no brown recluse spiders here in Pittsburgh. He spent 3 days in different hospitals. His wound was showing 2 X 3 inches in his muscle. Please correct map, you will save lives. Thank you. Comment from: go, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 05 I was bit on the face by a brown recluse spider and I think the venom got in my brain. All I got was brain damage, wish it was like spider man! Comment from: Spiderbitevictim, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 07 If you think that you have been bit by a spider, go to the doctor immediately, and do not wait. Spider bites look rather harmless in the beginning, but they get worse within hours. I now have a ring of necrotic holes in my skin. It started out looking like acne. I feel dizzy and my joints and muscles ache. I feel slightly nauseated. I hate spiders. Comment from: pamela, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17 June of 2014 I noticed a dime size lesion on lower abdomen. I suspected a brown recluse spider bite and went to my surgeon. He didn't seem to have the same opinion, but did aspirate the lesion which produced mostly blood. This area healed totally leaving only a light brown discoloration of the skin. Now, March 2015, the same lesion has reappeared. The center is necrotic with a half dollar size area of very inflamed area encircling. This was approximately one week ago, and it is getting more swollen. I am leaving on a 3 day vacation, and am going to wait until I return to go back to the surgeon. I am wondering if spider bites return if all the venom wasn't removed at the first aspiration. Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 06 On my right calf I have two puncture wounds that haven't healed. My leg hurts from the bites down. Sometimes it is hard to walk. I had very high blood pressure after I was bitten. It has been a month and one bite hasn't healed and I am getting a little worried. I am sure it is some kind of spider bite because I destroyed a couple of nests outside my front door. Comment from: Colincrnstn, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 06 Unbelievable, I was bitten 6 months ago in a hotel laundry/ironing room where it was warm dark, unventilated and for most of the time without people. The symptoms were classic, the shock and unbelief of what this spider can do to you is awesome. After the initial operations and daily wound care the side effects not usually known were nausea, dizziness, failing eyesight, liver, kidney and pancreas monitoring and high antibiotic medication together with steroid treatment to stop inflammation. Then a series of painful ulcers developing on the spine requiring 8 operations. One ulcer or abscess was 87mm in Diameter on my spine. The Doctors here in England were very good but had no experience such as Doctors in USA with this type of incident. Now 6 months later I am experiencing major stomach issues the antibiotics I had killed off my natural good bacteria and I have just started treatment to get rid of a C' Diff infection so all in all the little spider is very powerful if it bites you get to the nearest hospital and prepare yourself for 6-12 months of pain and tribulations. Comment from: brenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider I never felt it when it bit me it was on my little finger as the day wore on it got worse by midnight I was in severe pain all I could do was squeeze and hold it tight I went to the doctor but they could not get the shot in it was to swollen. I got some pills the pharmacists told me someone said take a small piece of clear plastic wrap and twist it around my finger when it would fall off I’d do it again. It would get really wet like it was drawing out the poison after a few weeks it healed and there’s hardly a scar. Comment from: oldsoullikemine, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12 I was bitten about 3 hours ago on the inside of my upper left arm and I have the spider in a bag. My husband saw it on my arm and tried to squash it, but in the process helped it's fangs to sink into my skin. I was bitten once before a few years ago but I was sleeping when it happened and I almost died! The doctor at the ER to said if I hadn't been brought that night I would have been dead by morning. Comment from: guestnurse, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 18 I woke up on Saturday feeling nauseaus and light-headed. I noted that night a white spot with red spot by it on my right upper thigh/groin area. The next day spot was significantly larger and more painful. I started putting heat packs on it thinking it was just a boil. I was running fevers had chills and feeling achy all over. I went to the doctor and was prescribed antibiotics. I went to the emergency room very lethargic, weak, barely able to walk. I was admitted and given IV fluids and antibiotics. My kidneys had started shutting down. Friday went to surgery to have to abcess opened and necrotic area cleaned out which had tunneled under the skin. I went home doing twice-a-day packing to the wound. The wound is healing very well now but still am having pain to my kidneys occasionally so will go to doctor to get them checked again. Comment from: Denice, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15 I was getting ready for work when my side started itching. I raised my shirt to see a long large welt on the left side. I thought it was a mosquito bite. By the end of the day my side was swelled up, red and hot. I had a rash all over my body and face. I went to clinic next morning. Bite site was small hole with black spot in center. I had a fever and side was burning. This is day six and now it is purple with big blisters on the area and redness around surrounding skin the size of a dinner plate. Comment from: GASMAN, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 23 On the first day, I had a red bump with small holes from the fangs. Then on the third day, I developed severe itching. Later, the ulcer started to eat away at the skin. The ulcer was about the size of a quarter and about a half-inch deep. Comment from: Flor, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28 At first after the bit, I just felt minor itching on my leg. The next morning, I woke up to see a huge blister had formed. I just washed it off with alcohol and covered it up. The blister expanded rapidly with pain and redness expanding from it. I went to doctor the next day who diagnosed it and put me on medications and told me to make sure I keep it clean and change dressings. I am also to use antibiotic cream daily. Published: June 28 I was recently bitten by a brown recluse. It was very painful and there was a lot of pus coming from the bite. It’s been three weeks and it still itches like mad. Comment from: 55-64 Female Published: June 10 I was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider Easter Day 1985. Didn't know that was what happened until a couple of days later when I went to the doctor because of the severe pain. The bite was under my left arm and happened when I put my suit coat on (it had been hanging for two days in a rarely used dark, wooden closet of my Mother's old house and I thought I had been stuck from a pin left by the dry cleaners. It was sharp and painful. Within 48 hours the underside of my arm was black, extremely swollen and I couldn't stand to let it touch my body. Went to doctor and he informed me what it actually was. He gave me two shots and had me come back 48 hours later for two more. It cleared up before the next weekend thanks to his treatment. But he also let me know that if I hadn't come to him when I did I would have possibly/probably died within the next 24 to 36 hours because the bite was in proximity to an artery near my heart. The entire experience changed my outlook on ALL spiders. I see them, they're history! Published: May 16 I was bitten on the back of my upper arm about 2-3 inches above the elbow. It burned fiercely and I thought I had been bitten by a fire ant. I never saw it. I was out in my yard in Florida hanging clothes to dry. I began swelling into a red bump. I put antibiotic cream on it a lot but the bump kept growing bigger through the next day. Then it got a funny looking center and reached the size of 3 plus inches across with skin coming off of it forming a large crater. It was painful and scary looking so I went to the doctor on day 3. He recognized it immediately and prescribed ointment as well as pills. Layers of tissue came off the area for several weeks. After several months it healed up. It took about a year for the area to appear normal again. Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06 I was bitten on the bottom of my leg a month ago. The pain is constant and sharp. No necrosis as of yet, but from what I've been told I still have a long way to go. Comment from: nanapam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04 I got bit on the knee. I was staying at the hospital with a granddaughter and got bit in the hospital! My knee swelled up three times its normal size. A doctor was seen within 8 hours and I was put on an antibiotic. It took three months and three rounds of antibiotics to go back to normal. I was sore for weeks after the bite. This has been very painful! Comment from: GusMahler, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 27 This site somewhat pissed me off, because it said that if you thought you were bitten by a brown recluse to get medical attention THAT DAY. Well, although my symptoms didn't fit 100%, I decided that it would be better to be safe than sorry and went on to the ER. Turns out, there's nothing there that they can do for a recluse bite...there is no antidote to the venom. So why did they tell me to go?!? Now, I've wasted $100 I didn't have on the ER visit co-pay!! Comment from: Male Published: April 19 I am from Arkansas, right in the epicenter of Brown Recluse habitat and have grown up with several close calls to being bitten by them. I have numerous pictures I could submit of spiders I captured while living in the Arkansas River Valley region. Under Arkansas law, only cockroaches are required to be exterminated from a renter's premises, and this should be modified in areas with high infestations of this species in my opinion. Recently, a classmate recently suffered a bite from this spider in the Twin Cities, apparently having been carried by someone's luggage. The hospital where I now reside in Iowa had no experience with this species and erroneously instructed the victim to use heat in treatment, which spread the venom significantly and causing severe necrosis, causing the victim to become hospitalized for several days with an open wound to drain away the toxins. I would want for all American hospitals to be keenly aware of the possibility of brown recluse travel and if instructing, to give the correct information. Their faulty advice has effectively ruined what confidence I had in their services. Comment from: kjpitcher, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 06 I was 70 when I was bitten by a brown recluse spider about 4 inches above my left ankle. I had been bitten when I was 16 by a black widow and thought it was the same thing but I immediately started soaking the site in hot Epsom salts twice daily. After a month it was about 1inch wide and about 3 cm deep with a white gel over the top. I finally went to the doctor who cleaned off the gel and put a salve on. I continued the twice daily soaks for 4 months, and I now have a brown scar but no hole. I am glad I don't have anything more than that when I see what it could have looked like... even with medication! Comment from: Jeff, 45-54 Male Published: March 07 This has been the 3rd time being bitten by a brown recluse. The first time was in Alabama, which was on my neck. The bite had ulcerated my skin, and oozed the infectious poison the spider had delivered. It took roughly 3 to 5 weeks for it to fully heal, although there is still scarring to this day. The second time was in Michigan. I had brought up some wood from Alabama which is used to light a fire. I believe they call it lightered, or fatwood is what we describe it in Michigan. Well the brown recluse came from a knot hole in the wood and bit me on the hand. It oozed pus for 3 to 4 weeks, and I constantly put triple anti-biotic ointment on the bite. It eventually healed. The 3rd time was just recently in Michigan again. I believe when I brought this wood from Alabama to Michigan I brought back a nest of Brown Recluses, which are now loose in my home. I've bug bombed, sprayed, and killed at least 2 of them but I think that was not enough. They are one of the most elusive, and aggressive spiders I've ever dealt with in my life. I was actually bitten twice the last time I encountered these 8 legged devils. I was bitten on my ankle, and just in the back of my knee. Both are ulcerated, and have been extremely painful and very itchy, and still bleeding. This spider serves no purpose in life aside from making one miserable. It's unfortunate that there is NOT an anti-venom. Comment from: arachnebleu, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01 In 1972 when I was seventeen I was bitten on the back of the thigh by a spider which saved for the doctor. My doctor had never seen a spider like the one that bit me. My biology teacher identified it as a juvenile brown recluse. Eight hours after receiving the bite, I had a severe headache and was very sleepy. My thigh turned very red. 24 hours after receiving the bite I received a shot of epinephrine and antibiotic pills to take. By that time, I had turned bright red from head to toe and had a six to eight inch diameter purple blotch on my thigh. In the center was a black spot about the size of a half dollar. I was nauseated and had difficulty breathing. The rash itched unmercifully. It took three months to heal. The bite wound just looked kind of like a bruise and finally opened up about three and a half months after the initial bite. It took another three to four months to heal. Comment from: Glo Berry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 20 In November 2004 I was bitten on the ankle by brown recluse. I spent 3 months in hospital. I had three operations with one being a skin graft. I nearly lost my leg the infection was so bad. I lost the ability to walk and had to learn to do this again. I cannot describe the pain it was so bad. Here it is 2010 and I still have trouble with my leg. The skin is so damaged that the least nick or scrape creates a wound that is still hard to heal. There is lots of swelling on this leg also and the circulation is very poor. Comment from: Tabs, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 04 I have been bitten by a Brown Recluse spider and I would also not wish this on my worst enemy. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I cannot tell if the medication is making me feel this odd or the bite itself is, but I do NOT feel right and the bite is getting larger and very smelly although I am taking very good care of it. I was bitten twice on my right breast. I have been through quite a few problems in my life but never have I been this weak nor this afraid. Take care of yourselves. Comment from: Duckhunter, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 29 I noticed a small bite on my forehead a few weeks ago. I had no idea what bit me, but I put a topical cream on the space to stop the itching. It wound started getting bigger and swelling. I would clean the wound daily, but then I started getting a fever and chills, with tenderness, which was very painful and started to move down one side of my face. My wife called the family doctor and told her that I might have been bitten by a brown recluse. The doctor calling in a sulfur-based antibiotic, which I was instructed to use twice daily. Swelling, redness and tenderness started going away but the hole and black skin increased. The doctor asked that I come in and agreed that it was a BRS. She had to remove the black dead skin, packed the hole with Mupirocin ointment that kills infection. I was told to keep covered 24/7 treat with Mupirocin ointment three times daily. I returned a week later with fresh pink skin smaller hole and no black skin. My doctor said to keep covered, and that the new tissue will continue to grow and cover the hole and there will be no scar. Within two weeks of antibiotics and ointment when I go back in 10 days, don't think there will be much left to heal. She said the secret to avoiding a scar is to keep wet and covered until healed. Comment from: Salesgurl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 23 The initial bite on my leg did not hurt and the next day thought I'd been bitten by a mosquito. Coincidentally I went to the dentist that same day and the hygienist asked why I was limping, I rolled up my pant leg and showed her the swollen wound on my leg. She gasped and said it was a Brown recluse bite and that a former patient had the same thing but no doctor would diagnose the bite accurately since Brown Recluses are not supposed to be in our area. The former patient ended up with 15 skin grafts and her arm looked like it had been mangled in a farming accident. The hygienist told me to go to the emergency room and no matter what the doctor said and DEMAND they listen to me and tell them I have a Brown recluse bite. She told me to demand they put me on this specific antibiotic. I caught the infection so early I barely have a scar but she was right no one in the emergency room believed me and wanted to send me home with pain meds. I pitched such a fit they prescribed this antibiotic. Brown recluses may not be indigenous to this area but they can certainly hitchhike their way up here in wood and other products. It’s very hot and to their liking in the summers here so Emergency Rooms need to change their protocols and realize Brown Recluses can survive outside their typical range and habitat. Most painful thing I've ever gone through but I was one of the lucky ones! Early diagnosis and treatment is vital. Comment from: lindalou246, 55-64 Female Published: June 14 I live in Minnesota where there are supposedly "no brown recluse spiders". I have had a necrotic skin lesion, about the size of a quarter, on my thigh for about 2 months. I have seen multiple doctors, had many wound cultures, blood tests, etc, and no one has been able to come up with a diagnosis that makes sense, so a couple of my doctors have finally determined that it has to be a BRS bite.(for which there seems to be no proven treatment. I have been on 3 rounds of antibiotics, which may have prevented a secondary bacterial infection. I have been a nurse in an urgent care clinic, and have to see I have never before seen an insect bite like this. These spiders have incredibly destructive venom. I assume I came in contact with this bug while laying wood chips that were shipped to my area from down south. I have been told, that eventually my wound will heal, but that it will take a very long time, and will leave a nasty scar. In the meantime, my doctor is watching the wound closely, and does periodic blood tests to make sure that this does not become a systemic infection. Good luck to all!! (By the way, the pain from this type of bite is very severe!!) Comment from: Starwolf, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 18 I was bitten at an unknown time. I never felt a thing. I woke the next AM with a 1 cm. swelling on my back between my shoulders. Not much pain, about 2 on a scale of 10. I went to the ER mid-morning with more swelling and redness. I was diagnosed with an infected blackhead. They tried to drain it with no success but with an increase in pain 5 out of 10. Before I left, I looked at the area. I had a black spot in the middle of the red swelling which was now 5 cm, red, raised and tender. I checked it again that afternoon and it was now over 10 cm. and the black area was the size of a quarter. The next morning, it was the size, shape and color of half a large apple with a center black area 4cm. It was treated topically with drawing agents and triple antibiotic agents for a week without much change. I had a Lyme disease titer done and it was double positive! I had been tested shortly before and it was negative. After that, I developed a rash that covered my entire back from my hairline to waist while waiting for the test results. I took doxycycline and immediately got rid of the rash and began to heal. Two months later, the sore had closed, leaving me with a large scar. The tick infection was coincidental to the spider bite. Comment from: sjgrindley, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 27 I was bitten by a brown recluse spider. The bite felt like a little bee sting. It wasn’t that painful. After three hours, though my arm was swollen and red. I went to the emergency room and they sent me home telling me it was a mosquito bite and to put ice on it. Eight hours later, my arm was in excruciating pain and it was terribly swollen. I went to a different emergency room and they told me the same thing and to put ice on it. I could not understand why the doctors kept making me feel stupid when I knew something was very wrong. The next say, my arm was paralyzed, so I went to yet another emergency room, where they did x-rays and gave me pain medicine and antibiotics. It worked for a little while and they sent me home. The next day was Monday, and I was able to go see my family doctor who immediately admitted me to the hospital. I am alive and well and able to use my arm because of my family doctor. I ended up at the hospital, where they kept me for four days and the doctor had to remove a piece of my arm. The spider bite was very painful and I would not wish this pain on my worst enemy. Comment from: vikkie, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 22 I read a lot of article on the brown recluse spider, and not one said that they are found in my area. I live in western Pennsylvania and seven years ago, my daughter, then only a year old, was bitten and almost lost her foot. My brother also was bitten on two occasions and had to have plastic surgery to cover the area where he was bitten. I was told that the spider hides in mulch and comes out when the mulch is laid down. I took three trips to the emergency room and saw three different doctors before finding out what was wrong with my child. Comment from: Tokyo Cowboy, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 09 I never saw or even felt the initial spider bite on the inside of my wrist. That night I thought it was just a mosquito bite. The next day it started to itch, so I applied cortisone. The next day it started to hurt somewhat, so I took some aspirin. The next morning my whole arm was swollen twice its usual size, and I had red streaks up to my elbow. I then went to the hospital where they did a blood test and determined that I was bitten by a brown recluse. They gave me medications, which helped with the swelling. The bite area became necrotic, about 1/4 inch diameter and about an inch deep. You could see the nerve tissues and bone. I treated the wound twice a day, and wrapped it with conform gauze. After 15 years I still have the scar. The doctor told me that there was a chance I could lose my hand, or have permanent nerve damage. The company I worked for at the time said that I was not covered since I did not report the injury within 24 hours. My lawyer said he would get me 2.1 million dollars if I lost my hand. Luckily it healed up okay after a couple of weeks with no loss of function. Published: April 09 A brown recluse spider bite definitely hurts. The first day it was not that bad, but the next day it started to sting and burn. The burning feels like a sunburn under the skin but intense. Then I would get sometimes shocks of pain every once in a while in the area. The bite looked like a bull’s eye or a target -- dark center and then a red rash type ring around it. There was also itching involved. The doctor gave me a corticosteriod cream to help the tissue and ice eased the burning and pain. Comment from: todd, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 26 Really horrible. Nearly lost my foot. Battled infection and was sent on a two year downward spiral of worsening health. Financial ruin didn't make it any easier. Glad to be alive after that experience. My advice, get treatment fast. This would be easier of course were you to have felt the bite right away. Comment from: cyndy, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 02 I got bit by a brown recluse on my left cheek of my face. It must have happened while I was sleeping, because I never saw it. I thought it was a zit, because it hurt under the skin so I assumed it just hadn't come to a head yet. I squeezed and poked, but that didn't do any good. Right now my face is swollen about 3x the normal size it should be and I'm having constant muscle pains and fatigue, and I threw up right after eating. I'm not sure if I should go to a doctor because I have no insurance mainly, and because I still have a prescription antibiotic for spider bites from March 10. Comment from: Dee Dee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27 Over 20 years ago, I was bitten on my butt by a brown recluse spider. I didn't know at first what had bitten me, but symptoms included nausea, weakness on the lower right hand side of my body, swollen lymph nodes, and the bite continued to get bigger. I was given antibiotics and an ointment for the actual bite. Every year it is as if I have been bitten in the exact same place and the nausea and bite actually appears. My lymph nodes are also swollen. The doctor in Florida told me that this would occur. Comment from: oicu2, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 04 I know I have been bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider, 4 days ago I noticed a small little bite, but didn’t hurt really, today it is the size of a fist, swollen and so sore it makes me cry. Went to the ER and they told me that it wasn’t an emergency and sent me home.