Posts Tagged ‘hobo spider bite

04
Sep
10

Hobo Spider in NW U.S. (Dangerous or Not?)

As I walked down a garden path I had not visited for the past week, I was mindful that I moved through a half a dozen spider webs. I joked that I was clearing the way for those that followed…very funny until my daughter shrieked that there was a ‘big ass spider’ on my back. ‘Well get it’ I yelled as the freak sensation traversed up my spine in a nano-second. As I looked about the yard, I saw many webs with rather large inhabitants. Mindful that some of my visitors get rather pissy and pinched if I misidentify a spider, I thought I will again provide a pathway of knowledge re these busy critters and let those that wish to, sort it out. For the pissy and pinched…well never mind. Are Hobo’s dangerous or not?


15
Mar
10

Moles & Malignant Melanoma

Today at work, I noticed a young lady was wearing one of those support boots one wears after surgeries or sports injuries. I asked the usual ‘what happened to you?’ She hesitated, then offered an interesting story with flags for us all…she was bitten by a hobo spider on the ankle. Her leg swelled up and she headed to the ER. The ER doc looked at the bite and was concerned, but when he looked at the mole on her ankle, he was more than concerned. This young lady had noticed that odd mole on her left ankle for some time and was a bit annoyed with the occasional itch. A followup to a skin doc and tests confirmed the suspicions of the alert ER doc: a malignant melanoma. Invasive surgery resulted and so far they do not believe there was any permanent nerve damage or cancer. Time and rehab will tell.

A young (27 y/o) lady, not a sun worshipper, developed a mole on her ankle and but for a spider bite probably would not have received the immediate attention and successful intervention. Visit a skin doctor re any suspicious moles or skin oddities.

‘Malignant melanomas take the lives of more than 8,000 Americans a year, or about 13.5 percent of the people diagnosed with the disease, the Skin Cancer Foundation reports. Other forms of skin cancer are rarely fatal, although squamous-cell carcinoma can metastasize and result in death. But the situation isn’t bleak. If detected early, 99 percent of all skin cancers are curable.’ Skin Cancer




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