Thursday, 13 March 2008

Ouch !



Two weeks ago the daughter of a friend received what the doctors believe, a bite from the white tip spider. It took 3 days to go from a pimple like bite to the state it is now. Over the following two months the girl has to attend hospital every four days to have the bite site cleaned and compacted with gauze. A painful process that leaves the girl screaming in agony. This is the actual picture of the bite the girl received.

There is currently much conjecture regarding the effects of the bite from this spider. It has been linked with a spreading skin ulceration known as necrotic arachnidsm, which, as yet, has no easy cure. Current treatment involves a series of painful skin grafts in an attempt to halt the continued spread. At this stage it seems likely that this disease is caused, not by the venom of the spider, but by certain bacteria present on the spider's fangs at the time of the bite. If this is the case, it is also likely that several different types of spider may cause this painful skin problem, including white-tails, black house spiders and wolf spiders. It is also evident that such a condition does not always develop in the case of a bite from these spiders so it may depend greatly on the reaction of the bite victim with some individuals being highly susceptible because of an allergic reaction to the bacteria.




5 comments:

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

That is simply awful, Nunyaa. Poor, poor girl. How did it get to her nipple?

CherryPie said...

Yikes that looks really painful!!!

I hate spiders at the best of times and the big ones make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end!

Nunyaa said...

Its her ass cheek, she didn't know til she felt the bite.

Nunyaa said...

Sorry, after verifying with the child's mother there is a correction, it is her shoulder blade, that is her arm to the right.

Swearing Mother said...

Heck, that looks sore. Poor girl, hopefully they've managed to find something to treat it now.