For the most part?
Spiders scary me.
Of course, people tell me all the time how my fear of spiders is SO irrational.
Might I give you?
[via DailyMail] Woman’s ear turns black and DISSOLVES after being bitten by a spider – and has to be rebuilt using cartilage from her ribs
- The Dutch woman, 22, was bitten by a Mediterranean recluse spider in Italy
- Part of her ear was liquefied by the venom and the skin and cartilage died
- This is the first evidence the spiders’ venom can destroy cartilage
- The dead tissue had to be cut away before her ear could be rebuilt
By Emma Innes
A Dutch woman’s ear turned black after she was bitten by a poisonous spider in Italy.
Part of the 22-year-old’s ear was liquefied by the Mediterranean recluse spider’s venom and the skin and cartilage died.
The woman’s experience is thought to be the first evidence that recluse spider venom can destroy cartilage.
The patient’s health problems began when she woke up with a painful ear one morning, LiveScience reports.
Her ear swelled up so, unaware she had been bitten by a spider, she visited a local hospital where she was given antihistamine.
Despite this treatment, the swelling and pain failed to subside.
By the time she returned to the Netherlands, part of her ear had turned back indicating the cells had died.
The woman sought medical help and doctors realised she had been bitten by a Mediterranean recluse spider as the creature’s venom is known to kill skin.
However, Dr Marieke van Wijk, a plastic surgeon involved in the patient’s care, explained this was the first time doctors had seen the spiders’ venom destroy cartilage as well as skin.
The spiders’ venom kills cells using a complex mixture of chemicals which break down proteins and there is no drug treatment that is known to be effective.
As a result, Dr van Wijk and her colleagues were forced to remove the dead tissue from the woman’s ear and then rebuild it using cartilage from her ribs.
It freaking DISSOLVED her ear.
Did you see that part?
And as if THAT wasn’t enough?
Might I present all you ‘Spiders Are EVIL’ nay-Sayers with this next bit of proof:
“…Find your envy and hatred…”
And mixed with a little bit of blood, what do those horrible things make?
They make SPIDERS!