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. Theyre mostly by doctors not because of a patient, but because they themselves were bit. Its a different thing when youre 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 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.
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.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...