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#3126661 - 01/16/13 01:03 PM Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment?
TAFKAP
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Have any of you been treated for brown recluse bites? A guy I work with has one on his thumb, and the only thing his doctor has done was to prescribe antibiotics and let the swelling and decay take its course. Is this the typical treatment course for a brown recluse, or are there more aggressive treatments out there?
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#3126667 - 01/16/13 01:07 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TAFKAP]
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My neighbor got tagged by one last year on his hand. Same thing, antibiotics and let the rest run its course. His hand was HUGE,more than double its normal size. Today he has a slight scar where the bite was at and thats it.
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#3126669 - 01/16/13 01:08 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TAFKAP]
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That is basically how my FIL was treated for it several years ago.
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#3126684 - 01/16/13 01:12 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: Kingston]
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Not much else that can be done.
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#3126690 - 01/16/13 01:15 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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debridement and mega doses of antibiotics
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#3126709 - 01/16/13 01:24 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: utfan1]
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My wife got a bite a few years ago and that is all they did. She was on 3 antibiotics I think. The area on her thigh is still darkened a little.
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#3126734 - 01/16/13 01:35 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: huntinkev]
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I got bit by one a few years ago on my left leg and almost lost my leg. Took stronge antibotics and a surgeon trimed away the rotting flesh a few times. Left a huge scar on my leg. It messed up the lymphatic system in my leg. Leg became very swollen and had to go see a physical therapist who treated it. She said it would have really helped with healing if they had put me in one of those oxygen chambers about the size of a coffin. She told me that the pure oxygen in those speeds up the healing process.
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#3126738 - 01/16/13 01:35 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: huntinkev]
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My brother was bitten on his bottom , just above where the leg connects, on his last day of being in the Army and it was one of the nastiest things I've ever see. He thought it was a boil or something, but because he couldn't see it, he asked me to look at it after a week after him getting worse and eventually not being able to walk. It was the size of a half dollar and looked like a volcano crater of this stringy goo-type of substance. Straight to the VA we went and within 6 hours he was in surgery getting a 1 1/2 inch deep by 4 inches across chunk taken out of his rear. Guess who got the pleasure of cleaning, repacking guaze 3 times a day for month—not him, he couldn't reach it!
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#3126744 - 01/16/13 01:40 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
My brother was bitten on his bottom , just above where the leg connects, on his last day of being in the Army and it was one of the nastiest things I've ever see. He thought it was a boil or something, but because he couldn't see it, he asked me to look at it after a week after him getting worse and eventually not being able to walk. It was the size of a half dollar and looked like a volcano crater of this stringy goo-type of substance. Straight to the VA we went and within 6 hours he was in surgery getting a 1 1/2 inch deep by 4 inches across chunk taken out of his rear. Guess who got the pleasure of cleaning, repacking guaze 3 times a day for month—not him, he couldn't reach it!
oh man you must have felt so lucky

I dont care to be bitten because I don't want to find out whether or not they would cause a "crater" in my flesh or not. One time I did put a couple of live ones into a plastic bottle for observing... I think I just left em in the bottle after that...
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#3126783 - 01/16/13 01:53 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: catman529]
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take this for whats its worth
i have heard that the brown recluses venon has negatively charged ions and if you zap it with a charge from a car battery it reverses the polarity and neutralizes it
maybe just an old wives tale or folk remedy but if i was facing surgery i think i would be willng to try it

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#3126854 - 01/16/13 02:34 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: 1 good shot]
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#3126866 - 01/16/13 02:46 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: 1 good shot]
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A friend was bitten and saw several quacks. None of them recognized the wound as a BR bite in spite of being told it possibly was. They all RX'ed meds and nothing helped. Finally, on the verge of losing his leg, he did his own research and presented his findings to another Doc.
This Doc immediately ordered hyperbaric (sp) chamber treatments and the leg was saved. After a long recovery the wound healed with a large portion of his calf missing, he walks with a limp.
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#3126899 - 01/16/13 03:05 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: mjac]
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we had a customer with a 3 legged dog one time and they told me thats what happened to it
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#3126929 - 01/16/13 03:29 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: 1 good shot]
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 Originally Posted By: 1 good shot
take this for whats its worth
i have heard that the brown recluses venon has negatively charged ions and if you zap it with a charge from a car battery it reverses the polarity and neutralizes it
maybe just an old wives tale or folk remedy but if i was facing surgery i think i would be willng to try it


I saw Dr. Joe Gannon cardiovert a guy one time on Medical Center with battery cables! \:D Don't know if I'd try that.

There is some treatment out there with hyperbaric chambers but I don't now anybody that has done that personally but maybe there is a "wound doctor" in Memphis that could help him out with that?
Good luck
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#3126941 - 01/16/13 03:37 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: 7mm08]
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Soak it in epsom salt twice a day.....morning and night.
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#3127077 - 01/16/13 04:48 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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Thanks for the responses. It just looks so nasty, I guess we expected a little more concern. Sounds like the hyperbaric chamber is a last ditch effort. This thing just continues to leak pus. It's disgusting to look at, and his hand is just continually throbbing.
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#3127546 - 01/16/13 09:15 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TAFKAP]
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Accurate diagnosis is crucial. Many MRSA infections mimic brown recluse bites or at least people are convinced they have a brown recluse bite when it is actually cellulitis caused by MRSA. Diagnosis is crucial because the treatment is different. A drug called Dapsone(which is also used to treat leprosy)is used to treat brown recluse bites. Antibiotics like sulfa and doxycycline are used to treat MRSA. Bottom line is that you need to see a doctor who knows what he is doing.
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#3128181 - 01/17/13 11:11 AM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: Bucks & Beards]
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I'm not sure if his doctor knows what he was doing. It started on his thumb in two places, and distincly looked like an insect bite. A week later, it looks like it's about to fall off.
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#3128215 - 01/17/13 11:26 AM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TAFKAP]
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I saw it yesterday...its nasty looking
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#3128386 - 01/17/13 01:10 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: A.Hall]
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 Originally Posted By: A.Hall
I saw it yesterday...its nasty looking


Were you here?
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#3128390 - 01/17/13 01:12 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TAFKAP]
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yep, talked to Keith, Danny, Alan and Dan. They said you were hiding in the back
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#3128426 - 01/17/13 01:43 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: A.Hall]
TAFKAP
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I must've been making a delivery. After 3:00, I presume....
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#3128437 - 01/17/13 01:51 PM Re: Brown Recluse Bites? Treatment? [Re: TAFKAP]
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yeah, it was after 3
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