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Old 07-08-2008, 11:18 PM   #1
Jeff Evans
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Brown recluse bite?

Sorry if this is OT for this forum but I'll give it a shot. I was bit about 3-4 days ago on my left upper thigh and the characteristic skin lesion is starting to form. Anyone ever got one of these? Any advice on reducing the inflammation/necrosis/chance of infection/general badness?
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:49 AM   #2
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

regardless of what it is, its a trip to the doctor for a tetanus shot and antibiotics.

btw.. did you see the spider? cause brown recluse bites are dime sized and turn black.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:17 AM   #3
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

Charles Poliquin got bitten by a brown recluse spider and treated it with massive doses of intravenous vitamin C. Scroll down to find that part of this interview:
(on t-nation so probably not work/family safe)
At the very least you could do a vitamin C flush (safe link). It's easy to do, not expensive, *may* be greatly beneficial, but in any case completely risk free.
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:52 AM   #4
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

Dapsone may be tried, but you have to get it started right away. Otherwise it's pretty much local care. Majority of bites won't get badly necrotic.
My medical posts are not intended to be medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician for that information.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:39 PM   #5
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

You need to get to a doctor, or could face this:

Warning graphic image.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:19 PM   #6
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

My God, man, you got bit by a brown recluse and haven't been to a doctor? What the hell?

You need a doctor. This is not a time to start engaging in the traditional Crossfit "Doctors are STOOPID" BS. Even the Vitamin C flush was accompanied by a trip to the hospital and intravenous Vitamin C application. Unless you can provide that level of care I suggest you get to the emergency room quick. This is necrosis, not freakin' shin splints or low energy or anything where home treatment is an option.
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Old 07-10-2008, 04:37 PM   #7
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

Doctor, now.

My aunt got bit by one and nearly lost her freaking arm.
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Old 07-10-2008, 05:09 PM   #8
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

graphic images.
go to doctor. alot of these actually look like they got caught in good time

heres the infamous handbite(scroll down) very graphic

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Old 07-10-2008, 05:15 PM   #9
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

Have you gone to the doctor yet? Those things are nasty.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:46 AM   #10
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Re: Brown recluse bite?

I apparently got bitten by one and didn't realize what it was until long after it was healed. My skin turned black and the whole deal. I wouldn't suggest ignoring it, mind you, but it's apparently not a death sentence without treatment every time.
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