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Hole in Her Cheek

Whether It's a Spider Bite or Something Else, It Tried to Kill Her

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Updated July 07, 2010

Hole in Her Cheek
Image submitted by Janice Myers, About.com Guest

Janice, an About.com First Aid reader, submitted this picture. She tells the story of going to the emergency department:

I ended up in the ER. It affected my heart, a bad headache, sick to my stomach and feeling like I was going to pass out...the next day the bite was very painful and I couldn't lay on my left side at all. It would swell to the point that the pressure of the bite was so bad I had to lift up the scab to release some pressure and then this yellow stuff came out.

Janice's experience was harrowing, to say the least. Read the rest of her spider bite picture submission to understand just how serious her ordeal got and learn how honey played a role in her recovery.

One important point here: Janice doesn't know what, if anything, bit her. Many lesions just like this one are blamed on spider bites despite any reason to think a spider did it. Infections like MRSA or strep can cause lesions, as well as plenty of non-spider bug bites. That's where a good doctor comes in handy.

This picture was submitted by an About.com reader just like you. Submit your own spider bite picture here.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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