Teen recovering from spider bite
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A teen is recovering in the hospital after a spider bite became infected.
Las week, Dillion Poulos was helping remodel his uncle's kitchen. "We were putting up new panels and stuff and that's when I felt a sting," Poulos said.
The teen has been at the hospital since last Friday because of the severity of his wound, a big open sore where his flesh have been eaten by the poison. "I felt a sting on my leg and I pulled my pant leg up and it was just a little red mark," said Poulos.
That little red mark turned into a gaping hole. "It was painful," he said.
Doctors at Baptist Hospital determined that the sting was the bite of a poisonous spider, the dangerous Brown Recluse. "What happens is that it almost starts eating away at the tissue," said Dr. Doris Aguilar.
It took the teen two days to realize something was terribly wrong. "I squeezed it and a little bit of puss came out. When I woke up it was all sore and blistered and nasty," he recalled.
This spider is uncommon in Florida, but doctors believe his family has had unusual run-ins with the rare Recluse before.
"Apparently the mother has been bitten several times and she actually witnessed a brown hairy spider. You can't hardly tell right now, it's just a little bump," Aguilar said.
As if the spider bite wasn't bad enough, the MRSA Virus also got into the wound, which made treating Poulos that much more difficult. "When they first told me I was like, 'Oh my God. I could be dead,' but thank God I'm still here."
Doctors said if you get a spider bite, you shouldn't panic. Just don't scratch or pick at it, because that's usually how they get infected. If you notice that it is spreading go see your doctor.
As far as Poulos there is no anti-venom for a Brown Relcuse bite, all they can do is wash it out and give antibiotics, but after being here for a week he will be released on Friday.
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