Here is Another Picture of My Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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    This was toward the end when I could walk again. I got bitten on May 31, 2004 and this was taken on July 31 just to give you an idea of the amount of time involved. The black part (necrotized, mummified tissue) was surgically removed about a month later, the day that I was laid off from my government contract job. I still have the chunk, about the size of a potato chip.

    Today there is a giant scar there and I still have little sensation in my ankle.

    Eriborn van Frufrú, dougward, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Monica Morgan 82 months ago | reply

      Wear boots and long pants if possible on a nature hike. Forget spiders, worry about snakes!!

    2. J-diggity-dogg 79 months ago | reply

      It's a roll of the dice. I work in landscaping, and I've carried juniper bushes in wheelbarrows all day, and at the end of the day, the wheelbarrow has ten black widows. Black widows are very timid and try to get away. Brown recluses are mean and ornery and willcome at you.

    3. daleof 78 months ago | reply

      I always thought that pink thing on your leg was a lasered-off tatoo. (In OC)

    4. twopzinapod 76 months ago | reply

      omgodz i just fainted...... no way! hope we dont have them here in Australia grose!

    5. 73 months ago | reply

      Hopefully you gave that spider food poisoning and he was crapping and barfing for a few days and groaning to his buddies that he wished he was dead. Meanwhile, back to reality, it is strange that such a tiny spider should need such toxic venom to exist. What was this species eating 50 million years ago? I think spider venom liquifies its prey and then they drink it up, but man that's a big slurpee for such a small spider.

    6. Decieved by the Truth 67 months ago | reply

      The flesh looks like the cover of the Necronomicon from Army of Darkness.

      Maybe that's what the book's bound from...spider-bite induced necrotized shin-skin.

    7. StaceyKing123 67 months ago | reply

      Why did i click on this agian - freaks me out! LOL>>>> oh god im about to go to bed and im a lil scared... doh!

    8. Lola Lyndon: Stone Cold Fox! 67 months ago | reply

      I can't stop looking at it either... and wondering if he'll dare taste that scab-flavored necrotized potato-chip.

    9. IsabelDT 64 months ago | reply

      Wanted to find out how long after the bite did you get treatment. I have a friend that's in the hospital right now and she got bit on Jan. 1 '09, but didn't go to the hospital until the 10th. Her foot is swollen, the area where she was bitten is already necrotized and is draining. They haven't done anything to her foot yet because her blood work is all messed up. What exactly did the doctors do to you? Xray, MRI, debridement?? I'm afraid she may lose her foot, if they don't do anything soon. Thanks

    10. Marsh, D. 64 months ago | reply


      that scab is strange some sort of wooden puzzle piece that you just sort placed on top....and that cheesy yellow crud underneath my god that's nasty!

      jeez that hurts me just looking at it. blah!


    11. Jeherin 62 months ago | reply

      Oh my GOD that is SO disgusting. How did you manage not to pick it off?!! I am a huge picker and that scab looks like it would have come off SO easily... oh man SO gross but SO tempting to just grab on end and lift it off... ew ew ew awesome awesome awesome ew ew ew ew ew!!!

    12. landfalcon5 61 months ago | reply

      Why has no one mentioned how, at this angle, it could look like the liberty bell?

    13. munky2133 61 months ago | reply

      Insane, yet very familiar... i just posted my pics, i was bitten on July 30, 2004.. kinda creepy... in tahlequah, Oklahoma.. more creepy. is that far from where u were bitten?

    14. heart braker cherry <\3 59 months ago | reply

      omg r u okay?? im so sorry that happend!

    15. Silly Little Panda 59 months ago | reply

      Looks so painful >w<
      Btw this pic made it onto Wikipedia, lol
      Didn't know if you knew or not

    16. xo_sabriinnaa 55 months ago | reply

      its a brown recluse bites and diterierates your skin.

    17. Mike Yamamoto 36 months ago | reply

      I got a brown recluse spider bite on my thigh in February of this year. I got lucky though, the infected area was only about the size of a quarter rather than a potato chip and my parents are both doctors so I got it pretty well treated. The necrotized flesh debrided itself with the bandage one day and now it's just a big scar. Since it was on my thigh the affected area was mostly fatty and while a big chunk of dead fat disappeared it only took me completely out of commission for about a week.

      When I mentioned this to my friend he told me I was just like his hero, Jeffrey Rowland.

    18. live w mcs 28 months ago | reply

      It's crazy how bad these can get!!!
      Soo sorry to see it got soo incredibly bad...YIKES!!!
      I hope your recovering well now :)
      Here is what I do to kick the bite right out of the water
      if your intrested...
      Brown Recluse Spider Bites

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