Woman's disturbing injury after deadly spider bite

The 54-year-old was bitten by a recluse spider at her home.

A bite from a deadly spider almost cost a woman her finger after she suffered from necrosis two weeks after being discharged from the hospital.

The 54-year-old woman was bitten on the little finger at her home in Brazil by a recluse spider, it's believed, which is known to have potent, tissue-destroying venoms and can be deadly.

Necrosis refers to the death of one or more cells in the body, usually within a localised area. Photos show the woman's blackened pinky finger after the bite.

Photo showing woman's dead finger after recluse spider bite.
Woman's finger after a recluse spider bite. Source: CEN/Australscope

The woman was discharged from hospital after receiving treatment. However, her finger worsened over the following days, and she was forced to seek medical help again on 11th June.

Due to the severity of her condition, she had to be transferred once again to hospital and will have to undergo a surgical procedure to remove the necrotic tissue from her finger, a hospital spokesperson said. Thankfully, it will not be amputated.

Recluse spider bite.
Recluse spiders can be deadly but are known to cause necrosis, which means cells in an isolated area die. Source: Getty/Australscope

What are recluse spiders?

Recluse spiders (Loxosceles), also known as brown spiders, fiddle-backs, violin spiders, and reapers, are a genus of venomous spiders known for their bite. More than 140 species of recluse spiders are present throughout the world, including in Australia.

The venom of several species is capable of producing necrotic lesions that are slow to heal and may require skin grafts.

Previously, a 52-year-old man died from organ failure after being bitten by a recluse spider in his home country Argentina. His hand turned black and started to rot after he was bitten by the deadly spider and died just four days later.

And in 2018, a woman woke up in pain and noticed multiple bites on her and chest and later discovered her room was full of brown recluse spiders.


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