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False Widow Spider Hospitalises Mum After Golf Ball-Sized Bite

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A mum has been left terrified in her own home after being hopitalised by a false widow spider bite.

Louise Edwards is now contemplating calling in the bug hunters after suffering the horrendous bite while clearing out the summerhouse at the bottom of her garden.

Initially brushing it off as a minor irritant, medical rep Louise popped a couple of antihistamines and thought nothing more of it.

Within 48 hours the pain got more severe forcing the 49-year-old to take painkillers to tackle the burning sensation in her armpit and the shooting pains down her arm.

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Days later the bite had ballooned to the size of a golf ball and mum-of-one Louise went to an out of hours doctor who sent her to hospital.

There doctors said Louise had been bitten perilously close to an artery by a false widow spider – whose bites produce necrosis of the flesh.

The grisly abscess was removed from the wound, leaving her with a gaping inch-and-a-half hole in her arm.

Now, Louise is urging anyone bitten by a creepy crawly to monitor the bite and seek medical attention if it becomes inflamed.

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Louise, from Barry, South Wales, said:

It was horrible knowing all that infection was inside me, all from a spider bite.

At the hospital there was talk of needing to deal with it under general anaesthetic. My heart sank as it sounded really serious.

I remember saying to the doctors you are kidding me? They said because it was so close to the artery theyve got to be careful with these things.

I couldnt believe all this had happened because I put a cushion under my arm.

Louise, who lives with 11-year-old son Cadel Edwards-Davies, was re-arranging furniture in her gardens summerhouse in August when the spider sank its fangs into her as she carried a cushion tucked under her arm.

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Louise said:

The plan was to get an old sofa out of the summerhouse and then put a new red one my friend gave me in.

It was a lovely afternoon and went I got home from work I felt really motivated to get it sorted.

As I moved the furniture I saw four thumbnail-sized spiders, swept them away and didnt think any more of it.

I had an open-sleeved blouse on and put one of the cushions under my arm but didnt feel anything.

It was only the following day when I was putting a wetsuit jacket on at an aquapark in Cardiff Bay that I realised my underarm looked red, was slightly raised and felt like a burn.

I assumed it was a bite, I knew Id been irritated by something, so I took some antihistamines and didnt think anything of it.

As the week went on fitness fanatic Louise, who attends bootcamp five times a week and regularly goes on runs, said the bite became irritated as it rubbed against the seat belt during her daily commute and began to burn.

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On Wednesday evening [August 21] Louise started getting shooting pains down her arm and when she examined the area she spotted two small puncture wounds from where the eight-legged terror had bitten her.

Louise said:

I drove up to north Wales on Wednesday with work and the bite was annoying me because it was rubbing whenever I drove so I started taking painkillers.

I had a proper look at it that night and realised it was a bite as I could see two little holes.

It felt like a burn and I also had shooting pains down my arm.

On Friday evening (August 23) the bite came to a head and looked as though it was ready to burst so Louise put a heated compress on it to draw it out – something she regrets.

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The mum-of-one said:

That evening it looked like it had a little head on it and was going to pop.

I got some heat to encourage it but it was the worst thing I could have done.

I did the hot compress first thinking that would draw out the poison but it just made it feel increased the burning sensation so then I had to put ice on it because it was absolute agony.

I had burning, shooting pains down my arm like nerve pain. It felt like when you catch yourself on straighteners. No throbbing, just stabbing pains.

After the bite ballooned to the size of a golf ball, Louise visited an out-of-hours doctor on Bank Holiday Monday [August 26] who immediately referred her to University Hospital of Wales (UHW).

At the hospital Louise underwent blood tests to check infection marker levels and underwent a 10-minute procedure to scoop out the infected flesh.

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Louise said:

They were talking about needing to remove it under general anaesthetic at one point because of where it was.

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