Creepy Crawlie Spiders and their very nasty bites...
by, 03-07-2014 at 08:53 AM (621 Views)
Spring has certainly awakened the little beasts of nature and this morning my youngest son was bitten in the arm by a spider.. of some sort.. while he was sleeping. He felt it bite, but was unable to find it to identify it. Within 30 minutes it burned intensely and itched so we applied a charcoal poultice just in case it was a recluse bite. If you've never encountered a recluse, they're rather nasty tiny little critters that do extensive damage with their venom. Tissue necrosis generally occurs within a few days time, often resulting in amputations.
Activated charcoal draws out toxins adsorbing them and using it as a poultice should be changed every 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of the bite. Ds didn't want to stay home from school because he didn't see the actual spider that bit him. So, needless to say, I'm on edge and waiting to see if this raised, blistering bite is in fact a recluse bite- time will certainly tell.
There are frequent reports of recluse bites in our area, several of our friends have been bitten. Last fall one member of the HS football team was bitten in the thigh and had a large portion of muscle removed due to the bite, so the minute I see a spider bite, my mind immediately goes to worse case scenario (Yes, I'm a panic-er). LOL
So... that's been my morning since 5, what's going on your world?