Here is Another Picture of My Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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.

  • J-diggity-dogg 8y

    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.
  • Dale O' Flaherty 7y

    I always thought that pink thing on your leg was a lasered-off tatoo. (In OC)
  • twopzinapod 7y

    omgodz i just fainted...... no way! hope we dont have them here in Australia grose!
  • 7y

    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.
  • Decieved by the Truth 7y

    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.
  • StaceyKing123 7y

    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!
  • Lola Lyndon: Stone Cold Fox! 7y

    I can't stop looking at it either... and wondering if he'll dare taste that scab-flavored necrotized potato-chip.
  • IsabelDT 6y

    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
  • Danielle Marsh 6y


    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!

  • Jeherin 6y

    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!!!
  • Hashim Al-Musawi 6y

    Ouch! :\
  • landfalcon5 6y

    Why has no one mentioned how, at this angle, it could look like the liberty bell?
  • Amanda 6y

    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?
  • cherry baby 6y

    omg r u okay?? im so sorry that happend!
  • Silly Little Panda 6y

    Looks so painful >w<
    Btw this pic made it onto Wikipedia, lol
    Didn't know if you knew or not
  • xo_sabriinnaa 6y

    its a brown recluse bites and diterierates your skin.
  • erica_photog 5y

    Wow, shit!
  • Mike Yamamoto 4y

    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.
  • Beth 3y

    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
  • Rob Speed 9mo

    It's been a decade since your leg was super gross.
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