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 Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Here's a page with photos of the progression of a supposed Brown Recluse Spider bite to the thumb. These were photos were sent to me with no way of acknowledging copyright or verification that they are correct. They are often contained in an email warning about the brown recluse spider.  Click here for a site about these photos which says in part: "Whether these photographs actually depict the effects of a brown recluse spider bite is difficult to determine. The accompanying text provides no useful identifying information, such as where the putative victim lives or where he was bitten, whether he obtained a diagnosis of his wound from a doctor, whether he sought medical treatment, etc. Various accounts place these pictures as having originated in Missouri, Wisconsin or California. Even if these photographs are genuine, they likely create an exaggerated sense of the danger posed by brown recluse spiders. As Phillip Anderson, a Missouri physician who specializes in brown recluse spider bites, explained in an article for the medical journal Missouri Medicine, 'Almost all brown recluse spider bites heal nicely in two to three months without medical treatment at all. Also the long-term medical outcome is excellent without treatment.' Furthermore, says Anderson, 'We are not aware of any verifiable deaths caused by the bite of the North American brown recluse spider.' (He noted that several deaths from such wounds 'had been reported in medical journals, but none of the reports is convincing.') He also reported that out of 'about 1,000 credible recluse spider bites,' he was only aware of 'about a dozen cases of impressive, sustained hemolysis.' " Further information on the Snopes site has named the owner of the thumb and also provided this link to the photos of the surgery needed to repair the thumb.

SUPPOSED BROWN RECLUSE BITE - THUMB

 

 

 

 

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More info below:
Brown Recluse Spider Bite Site A Cure??
Brown Recluse - Photos & Observations  

RECLUSE BITE - LEG

RECLUSE BITE - THUMB

WOLF SPIDER BITE

UNIDENTIFIED BITE

ANOTHER UNIDENTIFIED BITE

UNIDENTIFIED BITE

SAC SPIDER BITE

RECLUSE BITE - LEG

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