Why I'm up at 5am!
Spider lowers itself down in front of the PC monitor last night - I hold my finger out to catch it & it drops on the keyboard. As I'm only using the mouse to browse the web(!) I leave it to sort itself out. 5 minutes later sharp sensation on elbow & I see it pinned between my elbow & table. Think nothing more than it being the sensation of nearly crushing it & flick it off. No harm done as 5 mins later I find it crawling up my other arm.
Woke up 30 mins ago with my arm throbbing & elbow swollen like a golf ball & 2 distinct red dots where the buggers bit me! Just been googling & surprised how many UK spiders can bite humans. I wonder if nows the time to take up climbing again?
If you react badly to it it can cause quite severe allergic / inflammatory reactions - a mate of mine's wife was hospitalised for 10 days and nearly lost her arm after a simple spider bite.
On the plus side, the superpowers should develop in around 2 weeks - just need to go out and buy the red/blue lycra suit.
Ummm on the basis we havent heard anything from Ross for some hours?
TBH, until I looked at your link Ross, I thought you were taking the pish. I know some quite nasty spiders can be imported alongside fruit and veg (I used to work in the produce wholesale trade, banana spiders were pretty common) but had no idea that some of our indigenous ones could nibble to any significant level
So there is a justification for my 'nuke-'em' approach to dealing with arachnids?!
Ross, hope your arm's ok, take care.
Off work today so popped into chemist as periton & anti inflammatory hadn't worked. Pharmacist took one look & shouted for 2nd opinion & after some mild expletives went to docs next door & made me an immediate appointment. Got antibiotics & got to go back in 48 hours for assessment with strict instructions to go back to docs or a&e if it gets worse.
Been flicking my wrists but no webs coming out but if my eyesight & hearings enhanced it will be a bonus
Trying to find the culprit - interested to know what type it is - lot of trouble for such a small thing
"So there is a justification for my 'nuke-'em' approach to dealing with arachnids?!" noooooo! they are guardians of the "nuamence portals" to other dimensions without whose vigliance we would be overrrun with silverfish, woodlice and traffic wardens. and mushrooms...
oh. that doesn't sound overly wonderful ross. hope everything is OK.
Once got bit by the tiniest spider you could imagine - picked it up off the mother in laws table to take it outside and it crawled under my watch. When I tried to undo the watch to get it out it must have felt threatened and bit me. For such a tiny little think it really b****y hurt. Thankfully I only got a bit of mild inflamation.
Make sure you get back tho the doctors Rosswm.
BTW I have a top notch spidey mask if youre interested. (Ok I know its wearing thin now).
Craig - you picked up a spider from the MiL's table and are surprised it bit you?
Thanks for that link Ross - I was getting my arachnophobia under better control recently - I think I've relapsed.
Student's Elbow eh? Too much time leaning on your elbows in the pub?
I've seen one of the Goliath Bird Eating Spiders in S. Africa!
Jaysus they are huge!! One I saw was a least the size of a dinner plate and it's fangs are feckin crazy large!!
I don't know if it's still the same, but the Zulus used to catch them, cover with clay or mud and cook in a fire. Then eat, they belived it give them strength. To share one with them was a "great honour", I've tasted worse.from Ron Mc's.
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Thanks everyone. Well the swelling continued although the new swelling wasn't as red as the main bit so popped back down to docs as instructed. Saw another GP who reckons it's Olecranon Bursitis & the spider bite may be a red herring or aggravating factor. He dragged another GP in for a 2nd opinion who agrees. If I hadn't mentioned the spider that's what they'd have diagnosed & the google images he showed me look spot on. However because I reckon I've been bitten they are going to continue to monitor it just in case.
I've been bitten by spiders a number of times.Quite small ones too. Dunno what they were -they live in my shed!
Never had a reaction (I don't much from clegs or midgies either - but my partner gets all lumpy)
Only spider I've been bitten buy was a friend 'pet' Chileian Red Kneed Trantula.
It had escaped from it's 'home' and was hiding under chair, when I tried to pick it up it bit, it hurt but that was all. No swelling, etc.
The big problem with them is they can 'shoot' hair at you which gets into your skin, itchs like mad and can cause infection.
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