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A Brown Recluse in the Woodpile?

A Little Pinch, Fever, Chills and a Headache - Could Be a Brown Recluse


Updated July 07, 2010

A Brown Recluse in the Woodpile?
Image submitted by D. C., About.com Guest

There aren't too many lesions blamed on brown recluse bites that I pay much attention to, but this submission from D. C. in Texas has me wondering if this is the real thing:

I felt a pinprick while collecting and chopping firewood at a ranch in South Texas. Later that night I started feeling body aches, joint pain, and chills.

For this bite actually being the work of a brown recluse: the incident happened within the known habitat of the brown recluse in a wood pile. It's almost cliché.

Against this bite being the work of the dreaded brown recluse: no brown recluse. There was no spider found at the scene of the crime. Of course, that doesn't mean it wasn't a brown recluse bite; it just means there's no way to know for sure.

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