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Claim: Photographs depict the effects of a brown recluse spider bite.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Variations: A February 2012 variant identifies the Violin Spider as the culprit responsible for the injuries shown above.
Origins: Determining whether these photographs actually depict the effects of a
These photographs do depict the effects of a
I suspect a spider bite was the cause. I was out in the wood at Caddo Lake and noticed a bite on my thumb. The doctor I was seeing thought it was a spider bite. Other doctors told me it was a brown recluse bite. It was also a MRSA infection. It became so infected because the first antibiotic I was on was not doing any good and I tried to finish the semester before going in to see the doctor.Others have opined that, whether or not these photographs actually depict the effect of a spider bite, they create an exaggerated sense of the danger posed by
It was a very interesting experience and I no longer wait to go in to the doctor. Whether or not it was a brown recluse bite or not I can't say. I saw some very good doctors who specialize in spider bites and they thought it was. But you have probably seen the latest info on MRSA infections being misdiagnosed as spider bites.
Some say the greatest danger of a bite of this nature is not the direct effects of the venom, but rather the introduction of secondary bacterial infection due to the patient's continually scratching the site (spider bites can itch terribly!) or otherwise failing to keep the wound clean, and that the extent of the effects pictured here are a rare occurrence.
Other completely different medical ailments (unrelated to spider bites) can also produce similar physical symptoms (such as
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