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Brown Recluse Spider
There are at least 50,000 spider species
in the arachnid family. Spiders are defined as having eight jointed
legs, no wings, no antennae and only two body sections: the thorax
and the abdomen. Spiders spend their entire life span capturing
and eating other insects (about 2,000 in a year). Even though spiders
do a great deal of good for our environment, spiders are greatly
feared by most of the population. Most spiders are killed only because
they scare people, not because they are actually dangerous to humans.
Spiders do not attack in herds. Spiders do not lay in wait and attack people. Spiders do not lift the covers at night and crawl into bed to bite people as they are sleeping. Some spiders can jump but they are not intentionally jumping at humans to attack them. A spider generally bites a human because it was scared and bites to defend itself. Spiders generally prefer to live in undisturbed areas such as corners of the house or the eaves or in the garden where they can catch insects in peace.
All spiders have some amount of venom with varying degrees of potency. The fangs of a spider are hollow. The venom is injected through the fangs into the victim (usually an insect). The venom will rapidly paralyze the victim and aid in digestion. Fortunately, most spiders are not dangerous to humans because their fangs are either too short or too fragile to penetrate human skin.
Killing spiders with pesticides is difficult. Spraying surfaces is usually ineffective because the spider has minimal contact with the sprayed area. The actual spider or egg sacs must be sprayed with pesticide. The danger of a possible spider bite has to be weighed against the risk of over-using pesticides that probably will not work against spiders.
Bite marks from most spiders are usually too small to easily be seen. Frequently the patient will not recall being bitten. Many of the spider bites will result in pain, small puncture wounds, redness, itching and swelling that lasts a couple of days. Spiders rarely bite more than once, so multiple bites are usually caused by insects such as fleas, bedbugs, ticks, mites and biting flies.
What does a brown recluse spider look like?
Named for its habit of hiding in dark corners, the brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) is also known as the violin spider or fiddleback spider because of a violin-shaped marking. The brown recluse spider is about a half-inch long (including legs) and is a solid light brown color. The violin marking is configured with the base of the violin beginning at the eyes and the neck of the violin pointing toward the "waist." The violin marking is difficult to see clearly. Two other features can help identify the brown recluse: it has six eyes rather than the typical eight and the tail-end segment has no markings. If you see a brown spider with markings on the tail end, it cannot be a brown recluse spider. Any markings, patterns or spots on the tail end of a spider immediately eliminates the possibility that it is a brown recluse spider. It is, instead, one of dozens of brown spiders that live in houses and yards. They may bite, but they are not dangerous.
Where do brown recluse spiders live?
Spider experts across the state agree that the true brown recluse spider does NOT live in California , but is native to Kansas , Texas , Oklahoma and Mississippi . There are some related species found in California . The Loxosceles laeta, imported from South America , has been found in eastern Los Angeles County . The Loxosceles deserta is found in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, the foothills of the Central Valley up to Merced and Fresno counties, but not in Northern California .
In any case, the brown recluse is called a "recluse" because it hides and is not commonly found out in the open. The brown recluse will hide in dark, quiet, out-of-the-way areas where it will not easily be disturbed.
What are the symptoms of a brown recluse spider bite?
The brown recluse spider bite usually causes some pain or burning in the first 10 minutes, accompanied by itching. The wound takes on a bull's-eye appearance, with a center blister surrounded by an angry-looking red ring and then a blanched (white) ring. The blister breaks open, leaving an ulcer that scabs over. The ulcer can enlarge and involve underlying skin and muscle tissue. Pain may be severe. A generalized red, itchy rash usually appears in the first 24-48 hours. Other symptoms include fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and hemolytic anemia (a condition where the red blood cells are destroyed).
People bitten by an unseen spider sometimes blame the brown recluse spider because their bite resembles a brown recluse spider bite. However, there are a number of other spiders and insects, as well as other medical conditions, that are capable of producing tissue wounds of similar appearance, but these are usually of a lesser severity.
What is the treatment for a brown recluse spider bite?
Treatment consists of washing the wound and applying an antibiotic ointment. The victim should seek medical attention if there are signs of an infection, an ulcer that does not heal, a bite accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever or a rash. There is no special treatment or medication used to treat a brown recluse spider bite. If infection develops, antibiotics are used. If a wound becomes deep and infected, occasionally surgery is needed. Anytime there is a bite or a wound that is not healing and getting worse, see a physician for evaluation.
Black Widow Spider
Black widow spiders generally live in trash, closets, attics, woodpiles, garages and other dark places. They are found throughout California , especially in the warmer regions such as the Central Valley and Southern California . Only the female spider is dangerous to humans.
What does a black widow spider look like?
The black widow spider is a shiny, inky black spider with a large round tail segment (abdomen). Including its legs, the black widow generally measures from one-half inch to one inch in length. Red to orange-colored markings, usually in the shape of an hourglass, are found on the underside of the belly.
What are the symptoms of a bite?
A black widow spider bite gives the appearance of a target, with a pale area surrounded by a red ring. Severe muscle pain and cramps may develop in the first two hours. Severe cramps are usually first felt in the back, shoulders, abdomen and thighs. Other symptoms include weakness, sweating, headache, anxiety, itching, nausea, vomiting, difficult breathing and increased blood pressure. Young children, the elderly and those with high blood pressure are at highest risk of developing symptoms from a black widow spider bite.
How dangerous are black widow spider bites?
If a black widow spider bites a person, do not panic! No one in the United States has died from a black widow spider bite in over 10 years. Very often the black widow will not inject any venom into the bite and no serious symptoms develop. Wash the wound well with soap and water to help prevent infection.
If muscle cramps develop, take the patient to the nearest hospital. Some victims, especially young children, may be admitted overnight for observation and treatment. There is treatment for a black widow spider bite that can take care of the symptoms. Various medications are used to treat the muscle cramps, spasms and pain of a bite. Black widow spider antivenin is seldom necessary.
While most spider bites are not dangerous, there is a group of spiders that can produce bite wounds that look similar to a brown recluse spider bite. Unless the spider was actually seen, captured and brought to the physician, the brown recluse spider is not likely to be the culprit. Some of the spiders in this group that can cause a nasty bite include the running spider, jumping spider, wolf spider, tarantula, sac spider, orbweaver spider and the northwestern brown spider, also known as the hobo spider.
What are the symptoms of a bite from these kinds of spiders?
In most cases of bites from these spiders, there is pain or burning at the bite site in the first 10 minutes. The bite from this group is usually described as looking like a "target" or "bull's-eye." The center of the wound is usually a blister surrounded by a reddened area. A pale or blanched area may surround the discolored reddened area. The blister may rupture, leaving an open ulcer. In severe cases the ulcer can become deep and infected causing tissue breakdown or tissue death (necrosis).
Worsening pain, itching and a burning sensation develop. A patient may also have symptoms such as a red, itchy rash over the torso, arms and legs that is usually seen in the first 24-72 hours. Patients may have pain in the muscles and joints, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and nausea and vomiting.
How are these bites treated?
Frequently, when people with spider bites call the Poison Center , they think there is some special treatment that is necessary for their bite. There is no specialized therapy other than treating the symptoms. Most importantly, keep the wound clean to prevent infection. If the wound does not heal or does develop an infection, see your physician. Do not wait days and weeks while the wound continues to get worse.
There are tales of people having limbs amputated after spider bites. These involve people who refused to see a physician even though they had massive wounds that did not heal and became grossly infected. A wound that may have been originally treated with simple oral antibiotics, but left untreated, may require surgical intervention in extreme cases.
What else can cause a nasty looking wound?
Kissing bugs, fleas, bed bugs, flies, mites, wasps, ants and blister beetles have produced lesions similar to a brown recluse spider bite. Many skin disorders and medical conditions can produce lesions that can also mimic a brown recluse spider bite. Some of these include infected herpes outbreaks, bedsores, diabetic ulcers, poison oak and Lyme disease. Again, use common sense: If there is a wound that is not healing as expected or getting worse, see a physician.
Thank you for shipping my latest case of colloidal silver promptly. As a Hidradenitis Suppurativa suffer for over thirty years, I can attest to the excellent results that I received over the past several months. After repeated surgeries, prolonged antibiotic therapy; accutane and vaccine therapy colloidal silver had done what nothing else has, namely controlled this incurable disease. The infections are gone, and so is the pain. It's nice to feel well again!!!!!! I highly recommend your product.
Best regards to all of you.
Paul (Please withhold my last name)
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I just wanted to let you know that i had chronic sinusitis that had gone into infections that my doctor could not get rid of. I even had sinus surgery and have used every medication over the counter and antibiotics from my doctor. That never seemed to help and just out of desperation i tried colloidal silver after reading all the testimonials thinking what do i have to lose and the first day i could not believe the affect it had in my sinuses. I had always had a bad odor inside my nose from the chronic infection and had fatigue from the sinusitis. I had first put it in a spray bottle to spray up my nose and after the first minute i could tell that it had killed all of the bacteria in my sinuses because the odor was gone! After that i started taking it orally and i feel great. I have energy and i feel happy and i don't even have as much as a sniffle thank you all. You have changed my life! And i will be sure to tell everyone about this
miracle called colloidal silver!
For 5 years in a row, I would get a sinus infection in September, from my allergies. Three years ago, I went to the Health food store to see if I could get something for a sinus infection I had. It always would turn into bronchitis before it was done. The lady at the store suggested I try the colloidal silver. BOY......AM I GLAD TOO.......... I put 2 drops in each nostril and by the middle of the next day, my sinus infection was cleared up. I love this amazing product. After reading the many things it was good for, I also put drops in my daughter's ear, when she came down with an ear infection. Usually it takes 3 to 4 days of medication for her to get over an ear ache, and with the silver, her ear ache was gone the next morning. I am NEVER...without this in my home. The kind I have, came in an eye dropper bottle and was a brown color. If I feel a cold or fever coming on, I put 2 drops under my tongue, and it always does the trick. We have not had the flu, sinus infections, sore throats, or any of the many cold related illnesses since we have had the Colloidal Silver. I would recommend this to ANYONE.......and I can honestly say......I BELIEVE IN THIS PRODUCT WITH ALL MY HEART. I am 53 years old, and I also give it to my 16 year old daughter and my 12 year old son. This should be advertised on TV......
Our son (now 6) had had chronic sinus infections (at least every 6 weeks) so when he was 3 years old, we gave in and had the sinus surgery done.
Well...the infections continued to crop up on a regular basis. About 18 months ago, we discovered colloidal silver!! We have been spraying it up his nose every day or 2 and this child has been free from sinus infections.
He is used to the routine and knows that it is the "silver" that keeps him free from that horrible pain. It also cleared up the many clusters of warts on his fingers as a bonus. We thank the Lord for the wonderful, natural alternatives He has provided!
Catherine in East Tennessee
My name is Colleen Jones, and I live in the small gold mining town of Norseman in Western Australia. I have lived here for nearly 10 years now. My husband and I came out from New Zealand to Western Australia in 1986. I am quite excited to find out about such a wonderful product the silver colloidal has proved to be for so many people. I have suffered for 18 years from recurrent bladder infections, and I am so sick of having to rely on antibiotics time and time again. Having found no relief from any other natural remedies, I am so relieved at last to have stumbled across such a wonderful product. And to think it has been there all this time, I wonder why it took so long to come across it. My older sister actually put me onto it, when she posted me a bottle only about 3 weeks ago. Her boyfriend was seriously burned as a child and the Dr's used the colloidal silver to treat him, and with great success. I have also been using cortisone cream on my hands for quite some time, but after taking colloidal silver 3 times a day for only a week my skin is healing up remarkably. Needless to say it must be killing off the candida albicans.
Opinion 6 Just wanted to write and let you know that I am taking a teaspoon twice each day to hopefully overcome the Hep C virus that I have as a result of a make-up transfusion for open heart surgery in 1965. I am fortunately asymptomatic but the HCV shows up in the blood tests at a level of over 600,000 IU's/ML (about an average load), my ALT levels are at about 75 (0-65 being normal - over 1,000 being a problem). So I feel that I have time to experiment because I am not too sure about taking the traditional treatments at this stage. I am giving the Silver 6 months to do whatever it can do. After that I will seek a more traditional approach. I will keep you posted.
The thing that I wanted to report was that I have not suffered as the result of a cold since I have been taking the Silver. My girlfriend is not taking it and she has gotten two colds that I have nursed her through and purposely stayed close to her (kissing and all) just to test the effectiveness of the silver. The worst that I had was a little throat irritation and tickle for a couple of days, but absolutely nothing else. So at least for the common viruses out there Colloidal Silver works very well.
Now if it will work as well on the HCV I will be praising the value and pushing it to everyone I know. As I say, I will keep you posted and thank you for the work you are doing. It must be very satisfying to know that you help so many.
Opinion 7 I just wanted to write and tell you about a friend of mine. He had been diagnosed with a fungal infection on his hands. The drs said that there was nothing they could do for him just to keep it bandaged up and that he would probably lose it in about 6 months. Well that was a year ago and he heard about the colloidal silver and now he's been using it for 6 months and the fungal infection is 85% gone. The drs said it was amazing and a miracle and friend says that it was the colloidal silver that did it for him. He is truly happy that he found it and using it because he still has both of his hands and now can even use them more than before with the fungal infection.
Opinion 8 Hi,
When I first stumbled upon your website and the testimonials of others, I was very doubtful that CS could really do all it did, but, I had a history of frequent UTI's and was looking for a way to prevent them. So I figured, "What the heck" and bought a bottle of CS. Since taking that first dose 6 months ago, I haven't had a UTI since! (I take approximately 1/2 to 1 tsp. every day). I have also noticed that my entire immune system is stronger. Sometimes people at work have had viruses and other colds and surprisingly enough - even though I come in fairly close contact with these people and the files that they touch, I have not gotten sick once since taking CS.
In addition, I recently had a toenail infection. Besides taking my normal dose of CS, I also applied an eyedropper full right to the infected site once a day, for 2 days. (It might be easier for someone to soak their toe in CS rather than balance a few drops on their toe while watching tv.) I swear to you that this was the only treatment that I did for the infected toenail and the infection was gone in 2 days flat! (I figured I'd try the CS on my toe because it's summer time and I love showing off my pedicures and I didn't want a sticky bandage on my toe for a week with an antibiotic cream while the infection healed. CS was a much cleaner solution to my problem.)
Thanks for making CS available!
Laura (Hillsborough, NJ)
Opinion 9 Sunday, July 21, 2002 Our best friend breeds some of the most beautiful Labrador Retrievers we've ever seen. On previous occasions entire litters of these gorgeous puppies have been destroyed by the insidious Canine Parvo Virus in spite of the best efforts of her veterinary team. This happened before we knew about the in-credible power of Colloidal Silver. She recently bought a male puppy for her breeding program from the #1 ranked Labrador Retriever (male) in the United States. A few days after she got him he came down with the deadly Canine Parvo Virus. After five days in the veterinary hospital the doctor allowed her to bring him home (to die, in my opinion). That same day I received my order of the regular Colloidal Silver, so I took one of the 8-ounce bottles to her house rather late that evening. Frankly, when I saw the puppy he looked like a living corpse! He looked so terrible that I wondered if even Colloidal Silver could save him. The disease itself is frequently fatal (it happens fast!), but five days of powerful antibiotics had undoubtedly taken their toll as well. He was very weak & his weight-loss was quite substantial because he hadn't eaten since he became sick. With-out a literal miracle I was certain this little fellow would be dead by morning. The puppy was immediately started on small doses of Colloidal Silver at regular intervals. Unlike drugs, properly made Colloidal Silver is safe in virtually any quantity short of absurdity. (ABSURDITY: Somebody, somewhere, at some time probably drowned five mice (one-at-a-time) in a bucketful of C.S. and then claimed that "...laboratory tests conducted at the University of Muckity-Muck by Dr. Know-It-All proves conclusively that C.S. killed the test-subject mice in repeated clinical trials..." Of course all this nonsense will be buried in medical-sounding multi syllabic Latin allegedly uttered by a bunch of guys with more degrees than a thermometer whose personal and professional integrity stops right where their funding source demands that it stop!) Early the very next morning our friend called and excitedly told us that there was such a turnaround in his condition during the night that it was hard to believe he was the same puppy I'd seen only a few hours earlier. She continued the same dosage and intervals over the next few days to make certain that ALL the Parvo Virus in his body was destroyed. He quickly regained his normal appetite for food, his normal thirst for water, and he regained his strength and the weight that was lost during his terrible ordeal. He's now in excellent health and ALL our thanks belong to God and to the wonderful Silver mineral He created for our benefit along with the knowledge of the colloid-generating process to maximize its effectiveness. I do indeed praise Him for ALL His wonderful blessings!!
Yours brother in Christ,
Jack L. Bonham
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