The brown recluse is a poisonous spider most commonly found in Midwestern and southern states of the United States. It is about one-half inch overall and has long skinny legs. The brown recluse is brown with a characteristic dark violin-shaped marking on its head. It is most commonly found outside in wood, leaves, or in piles of rocks. If a brown recluse wanders indoors they will go to dark closets, shoes, or attics. The brown recluse is a non-aggressive spider and will only bite when it is disturbed.
One woman in my practice had a brown recluse spider bite that had not healed on over a year. She had tried everything she could think of and many treatments her medical doctor recommended. We finally got it healed by treating it with slippery elm bark poultices, Willard Water (discussed in newsletter Feb. 2006) and Biting Insect homeopathic drops. Her bite looked like a deep, red hole that just never healed. She said at first it had a huge bruise on it for MONTHS. After a year, the hole was about 1/2 inch in diameter. Nasty!
If you google pictures of Brown Recluse bites though you’ll find lots of photos that look WAY more damaging than this one. Homeopathic drops are essential to get these things cleared up.
Helpful Links and Resources for Spider Bites:
- This is an excellent site with lots of pictures of all types of venomous spiders within the United States by state: http://www.venombyte.com/venom/spiders/venomous_spiders_by_state.asp including the black widow, brown recluse, hobo, brown widow, red back jumping, yellow sac, camel, golden silk, funnel web, yellow garden, tarantula and wolf spiders which are all toxic.