A spider bite with terrible consequences

Warning: This article contains images that some readers may find disturbing.

Meghan Linsey of Louisiana became famous for being a runner up on "The Voice" recently. But then her fans noticed that she'd disappeared from social media and wondered what had happened.

Soon, Meghan revealed the reason with the following picture:

That awful wound came about like this: "I woke up to a stinging sensation on my face. I looked and in my right hand was a dead spider. Somehow while I was sleeping, a spider had bit me and I had killed it. This scenario is literally on the top of my nightmare list. The stinging was awful and I knew it had to be poisonous. I put the spider in a bag and headed to urgent care."


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Over the next few days Meghan had muscle spasms, a rash broke out all over her body, and the skin around the original bite turned black as the tissue in the area died. Part of her treatment involved being in a hyperbaric chamber with a higher level of oxygen than normal, to help the skin regenerate. 

Doctors at the ER confirmed that she'd been bitten by a brown recluse spider, one of the two most venomous spiders in the United States. (The other is the black widow, more famous thanks to Marvel Comics and Scarlett Johansson!)


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Fortunately, within two weeks, Meghan had already recovered and, for the most part, her scar is barely visible. If you live in an area with such spiders, good luck! And be sure if you kill one not to touch it: the poison is bad for your skin even without a bite. 

As if we needed another reason to be scared of spiders!




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