monster beat headphones Brown recluse spiders could be here
When Dan Riippa of Battle Creek went golfing, he didn’t expect to end up hearing the term”necrosis” or thinking about how a venomous spider may have bitten him.”My partner looked down at 4 o’clock and says, ‘What did you do to the back of your leg,'” Riippa said. His friend was looking at a softball size red spot on Riippa’s leg.Even after four days of checking by doctors, there isn’t 100 percent certainty that a brown recluse spider bit Riippa. But a specialist decided to treat him as if the spider, not native to Michigan, took a bite of him.First Riippa visited his primary care doctor, who thought it might’ve been a tick bite and the beginnings of lyme disease and prescribed a 21 day antibiotic.The wound became painful the day after Riippa discovered it and he developed flu like symptoms. Eventually, Riippa decided to go to Bronson Methodist Hospital.Riippa’s wife, Tammy Riippa, said, a doctor at Bronson told the couple the wound could be a brown recluse bite and he had seen two such cases from Battle Creek already this year.Bronson Communications Specialist Carolyn Wyllie said these kinds of cases aren’t reported to government agencies, so there aren’t statistics available on how many have come through the hospital.Calhoun County Health Officer Eric Pessell said he wasn’t aware of incidents of brown recluse bites here.Another Bronson doctor, Riippa said, told him it probably wasn’t a brown recluse bite.”Right away, doubt got on our minds,” Riippa said.”Obviously there is no ‘certain.'”According to a report from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, brown recluse spiders which have a violin shaped mark on their backs are found mostly in the warmer, southern areas of the United States.”Occasionally, one or a few spiders may be transported to a non native area in boxes or furnishings, but infestations seldom become established,” the report said.However, Michigan State University entomologist Howard Russell reported in April that in 2011, there were isolated populations of the spiders in Genesee, Hillsdale and Ingham counties.Since 2015, Russell reported that there have been more finds in Ann Arbor, Davison and Tecumseh.”In the case in Davison, it appears brown recluse spiders survived the winter of 2016 17 in an unheated garage,” Russell wrote.If someone was bitten by a brown recluse, though, it could look like Riippa’s wound. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an extreme case could cause destruction ofskin tissue, or necrosis.Still, such bites seem to be rare. Russell told the Lansing State Journal in June that the spiders are shy and don’t bother humans unless they’re disturbed.”The brown recluse spider cannot bite humans without some form of counter pressure, for example, through unintentional contact that traps the spider against the skin,” the CDC reported.Riippa said it’s possible a spider could have been trapped by his boot and his pant leg.Whatever happened, Riippa’s confident something bit him, and he said an infectious disease specialist at Bronsongave him antibiotics as though it was a brown recluse spider.”She was very reluctant to touch it and made sure I didn’t touch it,” Riippa said.”But they definitely could see the puncture.”Since his hospital stay, Riippa’s leg is getting better and the wound is shrinking. He said he’s kept a sense of humor about it andwas confident in his doctors.Riippa and his wife have also been busy, though. They’ve been checking places the spiders like to hide, such as in stacks of paper lawn bags, around cardboard and inside boots in their garage.”We keep all of our boots and shoes out there on a rack, and it’s very clean and nice, but they like dark and safe places like that, or gloves,” Tammy Riippa said. “Now I’ve got the willies every time I go in the garage.”.