I Was Bitten By a Brown Recluse Spider

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 17 People

    Holy Spider Bite Batgirl!

    A year and a half ago I was bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider while I set up a tent at night in northern Michigan. I didn't see Ms Spider or I would have of course AVOIDED her fangs like the plague! I didn't even realize at the  moment that it was a Brown Recluse bite..it...
    41-45, F
    6 Responses Dec 10, 2007


    When I was 9, I was bitten by a brown recluse. The bite was on my kneee, and it turned angry red, swelled to the size of a softball, and then began to peel. It burned like fire, and almost filled my entire leg with infection. It was horrible. I don't like to kill anything, but...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2010

    Fun Times

    I bought an old trailer that I had planned to fix up. It was overlooking a gorgeous lake.  I was so anxious to stay there that I plopped the sleeping bag down on the concrete pad that was the sun room.  We had already done a lot of work and I was not looking forward to the long...
    Molly2350 Molly2350
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Mar 10, 2012

    But It Saved My Dog's Life

    A long time ago, after my knee surgery had healed, my then best-friend and I would hike down to the creek at the back of my neighborhood. It was quite a walk, but we went slow and stopped when I needed to if the pain got bad. We would take lunch, and a carrot for my neighbor...
    eyes eyes
    31-35, F
    11 Responses Jan 1, 2008

    I guess I am really lucky.

    ...I was bitten 2 weeks ago while kayaking. I thought it was the nylon seat material catching my lower back. Four hours later I thought I had pulled a muscle in my back. I stayed with some family on a let out couch. Further convincing me that I'd injured my back. After not being...
    SpiderWoman8 SpiderWoman8
    51-55, F
    Sep 13, 2015

    Of Course I Was.

    with my luck in attracting random and bizarre medical issues, it was just a matter of time until the brown recluse and i had an altercation. i was about 15 or 16 years old. i was on a mission trip in the rainforest of belize. completely isolated. in the jungle jungle. where...
    journeyfulloflaughter journeyfulloflaughter
    26-30, F
    19 Responses Dec 11, 2007

    Ouch! (almost)

    A few years back (okay, like twelve), I found a dollar bill crumpled up underneath my front porch.  I stuffed it in my pocket and went to the store to buy some hair dye.  When it was time to pay, I pulled out my money, and the dollar from my pocket, and straightened it...
    DopeyGirl DopeyGirl
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jan 1, 2008

    Brown Recluse

    I was bitten 4 years ago and it nearly took my leg. I have done a show called Amazing Medical Stories, Scars, and I Was Bitten for the Discovery Channel to let people know how serious the bites can get.
    dlosh dlosh
    Oct 27, 2008

    Bitten In My Brother's Bed!

    My brother went away to college and one night I decided to sleep in his bed. I had forgotten that my sister said she had spotted a gross spider in there earlier. The next day I noticed where the bite was, but shrugged it off as nothing. As that nexy day reached I went to work...
    KnowJenny KnowJenny
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jun 19, 2009

    Detached Retina Same Time?

    In June 2009, in Texas, I was bitten, and the same day that I discovered it I also found that I had a detached retina in my eye. Went to er 3 days later and was given antibiotics. The bite healed within 10 days.Every eye surgeon since has said that they never heard...
    kenpet kenpet
    66-70, M
    1 Response Jan 26, 2010

    Be Afraid...then Squish It!

    A couple of years ago I was spreading some mulch that had been shipped here to New York from down south, I think somewhere in the Carolina's.  I didn't feel the bite but I certainly felt the aftermath! The bite started out looking like a mosquito bite and then started...
    MyoblastNLace MyoblastNLace
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Dec 21, 2007
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