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Today I had Mohs scrapings of my seven-year old spider bite. I assume it is the bite gone bad because it is in the exact same spot on my right shin. The Mohs apparently went well but we will have to wait a couple of months to see if anything new pokes up its ugliness.

This is copied from my October 18, 2010 post. It is a two month sequence of photos of a recluse type spider bite from August 16, 2010. Fortunately for me it wasn’t the very dangerous Brown Recluse, found in the lower Mississippi river valley, or the photographs below would look even worse.

A Recluse-Spider but not a Brown-Recluse

I found this Recluse-Spider in my house but not a Brown-Recluse – no violin on its thorax

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Spider bite. It’s the first photo of my lower leg about four days after the bite. 8/20/2010

spider bite plus six days

Spider bite six days after the bite. – 8/22/2010

Spider bite progress

Spider bite seven days after the bite has developed long extensions 8/23/2010

Spider bite with long tendrils

Spider bite at eight days has developed long tendrils and isolated patches. 8-24-2010

Spider bite

Spider bite 15 days after the bite. 2010/09/01

Spider bite

Spider bite 25 days after the bite 2010/09/21

Two month old spider bite.

The spider bite 65 days after the bite. 2010/10/18 it still has soft dented tissue.

Wikipedia has a good article on Spider Bites.

Although this bite looked bad, it appears that the best treatment was to clean the wound as early as possible with soap and water, which I did and then an application of iodine or some similar disinfectant, which I didn’t and then as the ugliness develops just keep it as clean as possible which I did and then to avoid spiders in the future which I will most certainly do.

The bite never hurt or itched which was why I didn’t notice it for a day or two. The first symptoms was the spot, which later had the ulcer, developed a liquid filled blister over a scarlet area. The first photograph in this series was taken soon after the blister burst. It looked ugly and I saw a doctor immediately but since there wasn’t any infection he suggested that I just keep it very clean – which I did.

There is still an obvious discoloration around the ulcerated spot and that ulcer still has a slight indentation and feels spongy to the touch. The progress on healing is so slow now that it will only be necessary to photograph it occasionally, such as on the monthly anniversary of the bite.

The three-hour drive to Portland VA hospital was through the forests just west of Mt. Jefferson. From 1949 to the mid 1960s I spent my summers on our family farm 25 miles due east of Mount Jefferson, but only once before have I traveled this close on this side. I chose to drive my 1996 Geo Prizm because it still gets much better gas mileage than my newer Subaru Outback.