Glenn Nettleton's Brown Recluse Bite - 8/17/04
This page is not intended as treatment
, just documentation of my journey.

      Although I don't know when the Brown Recluse spider bit my leg, I found the bite on the morning of August 17th. It was about of the size of the end of an eraser, dark red and tender to the touch, in a pinkish ring, 7 inches above my right ankle. Two days later, I went to the ER and was given Cephalexin; three days later, I returned to the ER and nothing was prescribed. Then six days after the bite I went to my MD and received more Cephalexin and was told to keep my leg elevated as much as possible to reduce the swelling in my ankle and foot, which I did. For the first week I had no pain unless I touched the lesion. During the second week when I stood up and took a couple of steps I had excruciating pain for about 5 minutes then it went away. After the second week I really have not had any pain.
     As my leg continued to look worse I went Googling on the Internet and found information on a
Nitroglycerin Patch. Treatment, Current Methodologies and much more are described by Dr. Burton from Texas at http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Forest/2021/recluse/intro.html.  If you think you don't have to worry about the Brown Recluse in your area check this out http://www.highway60.com/mark/brs/default.asp now click on Search without entering any information in the boxes. These links and a lot more information are on the Brown Recluse site at http://www.highway60.com/mark/brs/default.htm.
     I showed the Internet treatment to my MD fourteen days after bite was discovered . He said he had heard about it but he didn't seem impressed; however, seeing the Nitro Patch wouldn't hurt me, he wrote me a 30 pad .2mg/hr Nitro Patch prescription. My progress is depicted below.
     http://allnurses.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-45572.html is another bit of information I found interesting ; make sure you read down to, “I get a lots of calls from the United States. They’re mostly by doctors — not because of a patient, but because they themselves were bit. It’s a different thing when you’re bit.”
     My Nitro patch is the size of a ½ Dollar which I cut to fit the lesion. When I had the patch on I usually had a headache but it became less harsh, for me, over time.
    The best site I found on
Pest Control http://www.pestproducts.com/index.htm

            The following shows my progress as of 9/28/2004.

         

The image on the left below is 2 Weeks after the bite and a good bit of the red was gone before the Nitro Patch was applied.

         

    The image on the left below shows the patch which is cut in a kind of upside down heart shape and looks and acts like Scotch Tape. While I was using the Nitro Patch I wrapped my leg in Saran Wrap when I took a shower to keep the lesion dry per Dr. Burton's instructions.

 

      I completed my wound treatment using UMF 16 + Manuka Honey. A bite victim from the Brown Recluse site told me about a Surgeon he visited mentioning the use of Honey on wounds. Here is some of the information that lead me in this direction http://bio.waikato.ac.nz/honey/evidence.shtml   http://www.news-medical.net/print_article.asp?id=4007   
http://www.manukahoney.co.uk/therapeuticuses.html http://www.umfactivemanukahoney.com/

  
   

    You hear a lot of stories when someone says, "How ya doin" then you lift up your leg to show them an ugly bite.  The worst one I heard was about a person's aunt, an RN, who treated her husband's bit.  She used no antibiotics and he died. I like my treatment better...