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Just got bit by a Brown Recluse Spider while on my Roof


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#37 sunbunny

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:03 PM

I wish I'd never opened this thread.

#38 Bronn

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:45 PM

Y'all are some fear mongers!

After being bit by a recluse, you can sometimes go several days without anything other than some irritation. It is when it starts becoming necrotic that you have to act faster. I had a lady at work get bit by one unbeknownst to her. after 3 or 4 days she started assuming it was a recluse and popped a couple antibiotics she had on hand. She went to the doc the next day and they got her on some runs of different ones and sampled the area to verify what was going on. They wrapped it up good for her and a couple weeks later she was fine.

Black Widows are more annoying to me because my dad has been bitten by one. Several hours after being bit (he didn't know he had been) he starts getting pain and cramping in his lower extremities. That night, he said it felt like every muscle in his lower body was cramped up in a vise/compactor and someone kept turning the lever. Screw that kind of pain! We have a lot of these around the house (even in the garage) and I'm steady on the lookout.

Neither are very deadly, and they both can cause pain. Both can cause damage if untreated. The difference is that the Recluse bite is more permanent.

Bottom line... if you're unsure, go to the doctor.

Also, a lot of people confuse a ton of spiders with the brown recluse. If I had to guess, OP got bit by a fishing spider or a house spider.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:48 PM

He hasn't been back to check in. I hope he's alright

#40 SmootsDaddy89

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 04:03 PM

He was on after midnight last night yelling at people in the UNC-State game thread.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:32 PM

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:31 PM

Recluse don't really live here in NC...let alone the roof, though I am sure they have been found here before. Much more likley to find a widow and copperheads seem to be all the fug over the place.