Purchased a 7X7 Rubbermaid shed to go over/around the tank to my well. When I opened the box there were several brown recluse spiders in it. I just finished putting the shed together and took a shower about an hour ago. I noticed a burning itch in my armpit. I’m not sure if a spider bit me or what but it’s the worst burning itch I’ve ever had. Does anyone know what a brown recluse spider bit look like?
According to Dr. Google:
Symptoms of a Brown Recluse Bite
Pain or redness at the site of the bite.
A deep sore (ulcer) that forms where you were bitten, with the skin at the center turning purple.
Seizures or coma (very rare)
It might be. I've only seen them when they're a few days old and really infected.
they have a little violin shape on the back
@MarcusJ65 sorry misread the question. cant identify bites
Yep, colloquially called "fiddleback" spiders here, sometimes.
Looks like one of them bit your pit
It looks similar to this one in web MD
Can you see actual bite marks — 2 tiny holes at the center?
My wife said it looks like small red dots or bumps. I can’t see it that well myself so I got her to take the picture for me.
That spider's bite is dangerous! If you believe it to be a brown recluse seek medical attention fast. If you can catch one do so.
It was a brown recluse. I got a good look at them. They were crawling all over inside the cardboard box that the shed came in. Looked identical to this👇
@MarcusJ65 My roomy looked at your pic..hes been bit by one before..he says it looks like his did. watch it close the first 24 hrs he says
Brown recluse spider bites often go unnoticed initially because they are usually painless bites. Occasionally, some minor burning that feels like a bee sting is noticed at the time of the bite and a small white blister develops at the site of the bite. Symptoms usually develop two to eight hours after a bite. Keep in mind that most bites cause little tissue destruction.
That’s about right. I started putting the shed together this morning around 10. I finished about 530 and didn’t noticed the spot near my armpit until I took a shower around 6PM. I can’t remember feeling anything like a bite this morning . It started burning/itching after I got out of the shower.
Don’t take any chances Marcus! Visit an urgent care center if the bite symptoms gets any worse!
When the dust settles & you’re feeling better, you need to question whomever shipped your package! This should NEVER have happened!
Take care please!
Recluse bites are very serious.
Put ice on it right away. Call your doctor he'll probably prescribe antibiotics. Brown recluses aren't anything to mess with. Their venom is like a rattlesnakes that eats away at your flesh. My girlfriend got bit in two locations on her leg, leaving two holes the size of a golf ball. It looked as though someone took a sharp ice cream scoop to her leg. And it took months to heal. I'm not trying to scare you, only to say what I've witnessed first hand.
I’ll call him first thing in the morning and see if he will call in some antibiotics. I hope I don’t get any of the more serious symptoms.
@MarcusJ65 take care of yourself. My girlfriend's doctor said the ice was important because it minimizes the affected area.
1) Skin Reddening: generally the affected area gets red in around 2 hours right after the bite.
2) Open sore: a person may notice a blister in the center of the bitten area which a sign of a bite.
3) Pain: pain in the affected area from mild to severe within 2 to 8 hours of the initial bite.
4) Fever: mild fever is experienced by a person after a day is passed of the bite.
5) Joint pain: if the spider has bitten near the joints then, one may suffer from severe pain in the joints.
Here is a chart showing what it looks like.
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