Spider bites on the rise this summer

By Jade Cunningham | jcunningham@ktalnews.tv

Published 07/31 2014 06:24AM

Updated 07/31 2014 08:08AM

As we take advantage of the moderate weather, we may be seeing more crawly critters.

Whether it's cleaning out your garage or getting into your hiking boots, you may want to be mindful of spiders.

NBC's Matt Lupoli has a warning about the Brown Recluse, which is common to our area.

"I Looked in the mirror and there was a little red spot," said Audrey White. "I put the jeans on, went to work and didn't think of it until the next day when it started getting tight. I started having a headache all day and didn't think that was connected."

White says she didn't know right away what bit her two weeks ago.

"I have a pretty good pain tolerance, so I wasn't thinking about it at first," White said.

But as her concern grew over the growing bite on her leg, a well-timed routine checkup confirmed she'd been bitten by a Brown Recluse.

It's a spider that's known for its flesh-killing venom.

"Missouri and Brown Recluse spiders go hand-in-hand," said Dr. John Brown. "In fact, most of our neighboring states see them, and there have been some regional increased reports of spider bites this summer."

Mercy's, Dr. John Brown, says most Brown Recluse bites bring a small reaction, some pain, redness, maybe swelling.

However, some of them can be much more serious.

"More significant signs would be if that bite site is increasing in size or redness, if there's puss developing or someone's having a fever, or if there's tissue destruction."

Audrey wishes she would've known about the other signs and checked with a doctor sooner.

"I noticed it on Friday morning and had it looked at that following Thursday. Probably the worst pain I've had yet. I've smashed fingers and broken a wrist, but that was by far the worst," said White.

Dr. Brown says other issues, like Staph Infections, can mimic spider bites.

He adds if any issue with the skin progresses quickly, seek medical attention immediately.

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