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Tick Bite or Spider Bite?

One Doc Says Tick, Another Says Recluse - Will We Ever Know?


Updated February 01, 2010

Tick Bite or Spider Bite?
(c) Dayle Milton

Dayle never saw the bug, but what is it really?

I never saw what bit me, but I'm thinking it was a spider. I was at work and around 3:00 in the afternoon, I started feeling a stinging sensation behind my knee. I brushed at my slacks a couple times, then realized something was going on there.

When I pulled up my pant leg, I had something about the size of a large pimple. I tried to ignore it, but it kept stinging and stinging.... then the sting became accompanied by a hurt. I looked at it again and it was larger and I was thinking maybe I was getting a boil or something. Two hours later, it had flattened out and red was starting to spread a couple inches outside the area. This is what it looked like the next morning.

Dayle went to the doctor, which I think was a good idea. Docs weren't in agreement about what caused this bite. One thinks brown recluse while another thinks tick bite.

The next picture shows how doctors kept track of the swelling over a three-day period.

Dayle has asked for feedback. If you've seen a bite like this and want to share your thoughts with Dayle, join the discussion on the First Aid Forum.

Have a spider bite you want to share? Submit a picture of your spider bite.

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