Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Spider bites

A heavy dose of being a catechized Catholic includes following one's conscience. I feel compelled to share this information. Do with it what you will.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite

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Erika S. said...

I just have to say that my husband was bitten by what was thought to be a Brown Recluse about 15 years ago. The reason why I said "thought to be" is because he did not see what bit him. At first it seemed fine then it turned bad. He was in a lot of pain and the bite was really yucky looking. He went to the doctors and got anti-biotics and other various meds and it eventually healed up but he still has a scar. I have looked at the blog that has her home remedy for brown recluse bites and it pretty much says to do the exact opposite of the recommended home treatment. I hope to God that others out there do not find this person a medical expert as well as a Catholic Faith expert because while listening and believing what she has to say about the Catholic Faith won't make you physically ill, her recommendations in the medical field just might.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Elena, for posting this. Misinformation can be dangerous and I can only hope that anyone needing to learn how to deal with a bite will go to a medical source first.

Nancy Parode said...

Brown recluse spider bites can cause necrosis. This is not something you mess with. A WV friend of mine was bitten a couple of years ago and had a 5-inch diameter circle of black skin around the bite.

In Sierra Madre, Calif., there is a monument to the brown recluse spider in the town park (or there used to be, at any rate) because those spiders killed so many people in the town.

Annie C said...

I just glossed over this, really, but one thing jumped out at me, her advice to leave it uncovered. My stepfather used to use the "Let air get to it" argument all the time, and every time I did I ended up with an infection. But, in my experience at least, coating a cut or scrape or what have you with triple antibiotic ointment and sealing it under a bandage heals it quick and clean.

My husband is an ER tech, I'm going to ask him what he thinks on the subject.

Gary said...

A good friend of ours is an emergency physican. I printed and shared this post. He stated that the writer (Candy) is sharing mis information for the recommended treatment of a recluse spider bite. He took down the website and may respond to Candy himself.


Present/Mother said...

Thank you Elena. I get really scared when she starts giving out medical advice. I hope that if anyone actually gets a spider bite, they don't just rely on her website for information on how to treat it.

Elena said...

Keeping in mind that her understanding and research of theology is as complete as her medical investigation, I am now closing the comments.

Benjamin said...

Has anyone noticed that all the spider bite posts have been deleted of her website now?