MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) - For the most part, a typical spider bite is harmless. But doctors at the Mayo Clinic say, a few spiders have fangs long enough to penetrate human skin and venom strong enough to severely affect a person.
For many it's a worst nightmare, but for one local woman it was very real. Unfortunately Beth Warders from Manhattan got bit by a Brown Recluse spider.
"I don't know exactly when it happened. I just had a wound on the back of my leg and it wouldn't go away," says Beth.
So she went to her regular doctor, who then referred her to the Via Christi Wound Clinic in Manhattan, KS.
Lisa Johnson-Losinski, a nurse at the Via Christi Wound Care Center says, "Mrs. Warders came in with a large necrotic wound on the back of her leg. They were suggesting possible skin graft if we couldn't get it healed. There was some underlying venous disease, that we were able to work on as well. Most wounds manifest as something underlying and that's what prevents them from healing."
Brown Recluse spiders are not fatal, but can bite when you least expect it.
"They do happen and especially in fall and times when we are cleaning things out, (or) times when we are raking lots of leaves. These spiders are called recluse because they do hide," explains Johnson-Losinski.
Warders spent about weeks in and out of the wound clinic.
"I came once a week for 7 weeks, they cleaned the dressing," says Beth.
Johnson-Losinski remarks, "We were able to use skin substitutes that were available here in order to help heal it without additional surgery and creating another wound."
And today, Beth says, "It's all behind me!"
Beth barely has a scar and is thankful for the specialized treatment she received.