Post # 1
I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how I am being treated for possible Lyme’s disease right before our wedding. The doctor’s didn’t think it was Lyme’s, but since I brought it up (I am a major Hypochondriac…I blame this on my nursing background) they decided to treat me for it just in case to prevent any complications down the road.
Anyways, the rash has now faded about 90% and since the redness and swelling has gone down in the middle, you can see two sets of fang marks right beside each other. My FI has been insisting this whole time it was a spider bite…and he was right! The little sucker must have bit me twice. The bite happened in our bed so this really freaks me out. Yuck!
We narrowed the spider down to a Long Legged Sac Spider. A couple of days after I was bitten, we found two spiders in our bedroom and took a picture of them. One was hanging out in the corner and the other up by the ceiling. I looked up all the different types of spiders in our state, and the Long Legged Sac Spider apparently loves to hang out in corners of the walls looking for prey. They are also really aggressive and have been seen biting a human without being provoked.
So have any of you ever been bitten by a spider? How long did it take for the bite/rash/wound to heal? I am hoping it will be completely gone before our Honeymoon in two weeks. I want to be able to wear shorts without having this bite on my leg!
Post # 2
I got a black widow bite when I was a kid – hurt like a bitch and I thought I was going to die! lol
It went away after just 2 weeks though.
Post # 3
I was biten by a spider last summer while up at the in-laws’ cottage. I was also battling poison ivy, so it was no fun. Anyway, since the bite was so bad, I was put on anti-biotics which I then had an allergic reaction to… so it took a good month for everything to clear up.
Post # 4
I got bit on the finger by a tarantula when hiking in the San Gabriel mountains. It swelled and hurt a lot, so just to be safe we stopped at a fire station on the way home and got some… Antivenom? Not sure. It was a green gel they put on the bite. Maybe just a topical analgesic. The redness and swelling went away in a few days. It was my fault for picking up the tarantula, but I’ve never forgotten it. Don’t mind spideys in the house, though. They kill bugs that gross me out a lot more.
Post # 5
turnanewleaf: Oh wow! I am glad you are okay. Black widows are one of the most dangerous spiders to get bitten by!
brighteyedgirl: Luckily the antibiotic I am on I’ve always done really well with. Sorry to hear yours took so long to clear up.
ohnatto: Yikes! A tarantula would freak me out. They are so hairy. 😡
Post # 6
I was bitten by a spider while at a friend’s cottage a few years ago. The marks healed really quick but I wound up with an anaphylactic allergy, which wasn’t so fun (I’m deathly allergic to bees, and it turns out that certain types of spider venom are chemically similar. Thank goodness there was a clinic and my epipen nearby)
Lyme disease is freaky stuff. Where I live there is a high population of deer ticks (afaik the only insect that carries the disease), so public health is constantly talking about staying protected and watching for the bullseye rash they give when they bite. Really glad to hear your doctor’s have pretty much ruled that out 🙂
Post # 7
I got bit by a baby brown recluse on the face last year. Half my whole face swelled. I was on antibiotics and had to go in to the doctors office every few days for a few weeks. It took a month to clear up completely. I got lucky in that it was a baby or it would have been so much worse.
Post # 8
Papillion: The rash never really looked like a bullseye…I was just freaked out because I remember learning about it in nursing school so that’s why I mentioned it to my doctors. I am also 100% positive I never had a tick on me because I shave my legs everyday and I definitely would have noticed it!
tksjewelry: Oh wow! You were definitely lucky. I was worried that’s the spider I was bitten by, but I think my bite would have been so much worse if it was.
Post # 9
Probably more than once, but the spiders around here are mostly pretty harmless. I had some type of bite on my leg once that wasn’t itchy and just hurt, and the redness spread so I got some antibiotics for it. I have fairly sensitive skin, so didn’t think much about it and assumed it was a bite from a spider or insect. After about a week it was barely noticeable.
Post # 10
BakerBee16: Spiders get an unnecessarily bad rap. They get blamed for every little mark on someone’s body, when almost no one actually sees a spider biting them.
There are spider bites that cause serious problems like Brown Recluse and Black Widow, but most of the time the sympoms are of infection, not the bite itself, even if it could definitely be attributed to a spider.
Post # 11
Yes. I was on antibiotics for a while and they gave me a shot in my ass.
Heres the bite on my hip
Post # 12
Yeah… hurts like a beast!
Post # 13
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
I got bit by a spider once (don’t know what kind but it definitely wasn’t poisonous). It went away really quickly. I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you. I hope you killed those spiders in your room! Total yuck.
Post # 14
AB Bride: I have really sensitive skin too so that’s why I’m not surprised I developed a rash. It makes more sense now that it actually bit me twice.
julies1949: Well I’d like to believe it wasn’t a spider but the two sets of fang marks definitely point to a spider! Yuck!
cls9q: That’s what mine looked like but less puffy! There was also a definite “bite” mark in the center as well. It also had a ring of white blanched skin around it which apparently is very common in spider bites.
Christy42213: It just sucks it happened right before the wedding. At least the bite is hidden on my leg and not somewhere more visible. Can you imagine those wedding pictures? Haha!
Post # 15
BakerBee16: Spider bites are actually quite rare. Most so-called spider bites are actually bites from other bugs, including fleas,bedbugs, mosquitos, biting flies and ants.