A 5-year-old girl was recovering after a black widow spider bit her leg, apparently while she was playing outside her Mendon home.
She never even said anything had bit her, the childs mother, Kristine Donovan, said Sunday. We assumed it was outside in our backyard. We havent gone anywhere, so it had to have probably been in our backyard.
Donovan plans to spray her yard with pesticide and have an exterminator treat her house. She said that Dr. William Durbin, the pediatric infectious diseases specialist treating her daughter, believes the spider was outside, and while black widows are somewhat rare in Massachusetts, they are around.
Durbin said he typically treats a couple of black widow spider bites each year.
Get Fast Forward in your inbox:
Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email.
A purple, little tiny bruise first appeared on the back of Kailyns leg around a week ago, Donovan said. At first, she decided to simply watch it, but as the bruise became a large red line, Donovan grew worried.
The first doctor Kailyn saw suspected cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection, Donovan said. However, the bruise did not respond to antibiotics and began turning black and purple.
Donovan then took her daughter to UMass Memorial Medical Center, where Kailyn stayed overnight on Friday.
On Saturday morning, Donovan said, she received confirmation it was a black widow spider bite. The purple color was a byproduct of necrosis, or cell death, according to Durbin, who has been treating Kailyn since Saturday.
JIM GATHANY/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/File
A female black widow spider.
She had a very distinctive bite, which was very scary for her parents and of course the doctors, too, Durbin said.
He called her infection very superficial and said the child is otherwise healthy.
Donovan said Durbin has been proactive in monitoring her daughters progress. He had me send him a picture this morning, she said.
He said that in about a week, the dead cells will fall off and the redness will recede, marking a complete recovery.
Kailyn does not seem bothered by the bite, her mother said. Set to start kindergarten in the fall, she is ready to spend her summer outside.
Shes been really good about it, Donovan said. Obviously, she wants to go out and play, and were trying to keep her in the house for a little bit.
- Freaky Spiders That Would Shock Even A Bug Exterminator - November 4th, 2019
- What you never knew about grass spiders | Western Exterminator - October 6th, 2019
- Spider Extermination In NJ & NY - Horizon Pest Control - September 13th, 2019
- Spiders Common To New Jersey - ChemTec Pest Control - September 13th, 2019
- Spider Exterminator | Spider Removal | Environmentaly Safe ... - September 12th, 2019
- Signs of a Spider Infestation | Western Exterminator - September 12th, 2019
- Common Types of California Spiders | Western Exterminator - September 10th, 2019
- 2019 Average Exterminator Cost - Thumbtack - September 10th, 2019
- Spiders - Ehrlich Pest Control | Your Local Pest Control ... - September 10th, 2019
- Spider control | Western Exterminator - September 8th, 2019
- Spider Exterminator, Pest Spider Control - May 24th, 2019
- Spiders | Pest Control of Garden Grove - March 17th, 2019
- Terminix Termite & Pest Control Orlando Exterminators ... - February 10th, 2019
- Affordable Pest Control in New Jersey - February 7th, 2019
- Get Pest Control in Los Angeles | Greenleaf Pest - February 4th, 2019
- Spiders | Pest Control and Bug Exterminator Blog - January 15th, 2019
- How Much Do Spider Exterminators Cost? (A Simply Guide ... - November 19th, 2018
- Exterminator Spiders - November 4th, 2018
- Spiders - How To Kill and Get Rid of Spiders - October 11th, 2018
- Westminster Spider Control - Westminster Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Victoria Spider Control - Victoria Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Burbank Spider Control - Burbank Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Elizabeth Spider Control - Elizabeth Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Allen Spider Control - Allen Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Bellevue Spider Control - Bellevue Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Mansfield Spider Control - Mansfield Pest Control Pros - September 29th, 2018
- Secaucus NJ Pest Control | Exterminators In Secaucus - March 18th, 2018
- How Much Does Orkin Spider Control Cost? ATOM - March 12th, 2018
- Spiders | Pest Control Exterminate - March 12th, 2018
- What Can You Spray in Your Yard to Get Rid of Spiders ... - March 8th, 2018
- Wolf Spider Control, Pest Control - February 14th, 2018
- Pest Control | Exterminator | Salt Lake City ... - Bug Busters - February 11th, 2018
- Spider Control: How to Get Rid of Spiders ... - pestworld.org - January 31st, 2018
- Spider Killer - Insecticide Spray, Repellent Traps, Poison ... - November 22nd, 2017
- Spider Control: How to Get Rid of Spiders in the House ... - October 15th, 2017
- Sprout's Pest Control uses essential oils - not pesticides - to battle bugs - Chattanooga Times Free Press - September 6th, 2017
- Welcome to Eagle Exterminating Co, providing exterminator ... - September 2nd, 2017
- Berwick Pest, Ant, Spider & Termite Control | Safe & Reliable - August 28th, 2017
- Tarantula Scares Family in Second Sighting in Days in San Diego Suburb - NBC Connecticut - August 11th, 2017
- Terrifying 'half-spider, half-SCORPION' creature that eats BIRDS filmed inside family home - Daily Star - August 6th, 2017
- LOOK: Freaky spider-scorpion found in man's house - MyPalmBeachPost - August 6th, 2017
- Tarantula Scares Family in Second Sighting in Days in San Diego Suburb - NBC4 Washington - August 5th, 2017
- Terrifying creature from hell with huge pincers like a SCORPION is found in family home but what on earth is it? - The Sun - August 5th, 2017
- Man finds bizarre bug that appears to be part spider, part scorpion - WSB Atlanta - August 5th, 2017
- Creepy creature a mix between spider, scorpion; native to Arizona ... - ABC15 Arizona - August 2nd, 2017
- How do you get rid of those darn ants? Statesman readers share their tips - Idaho Statesman - August 1st, 2017
- Philadelphia train station has a spider infestation - KNSS - July 31st, 2017
- How to get rid of Arizona scorpions, spiders and Africanized bees - KTAR.com - June 24th, 2017
- Their child was bitten by a black widow spider, here's what they want other parents to know - SCNow - June 22nd, 2017
- Spiders are just like cats: they too like chasing laser pointers - ZME Science - June 19th, 2017
- How to avoid poisonous spiders in your home - wwlp.com - June 16th, 2017
- Their child was bitten by a black widow spider. Here's what they want other parents to know. - Washington Post - June 13th, 2017
- Brown recluse spiders come out of hiding in summer - WWSB ABC 7 - June 12th, 2017
- Tiny Jumping Spiders Can See the Moon - The Atlantic - June 6th, 2017
- Pest-X Pest Control & Exterminator | Winston-Salem ... - May 20th, 2017
- Mark Schofield's Check with Me April, 21 2017: Ranking the Top QBs in the 2017 NFL Draft - Inside the Pylon - April 21st, 2017
- Those creepy crawlies really bug me but will always be there - Ponoka News - March 23rd, 2017
- Get Rid Of Spiders | Kill Spiders - March 5th, 2017
- Columbus Exterminator - Pest Control of Columbus | (614 ... - January 20th, 2017
- Advanced Exterminator - SPIDERS, spider control, spider ... - November 16th, 2016
- Spiders and Crawling Insects - Smithtown Pest Control and ... - November 16th, 2016
- Spider Control - Do My Own Pest Control - September 16th, 2016
- Spider | Exterminator | Pest Control | Integrated Pest ... - October 29th, 2015
- Tiger Termite: Local Pest Control and Exterminator - October 29th, 2015
- How to Get Rid of Spiders - Pest Control | Pest Exterminator - October 25th, 2015
- How To Get Rid Of Spiders In Your Home Housewife How-To's - October 17th, 2015
- Crab Spiders - Ask The Exterminator - October 12th, 2015
- Daddy Long Legs - Ask The Exterminator - October 4th, 2015
- Organic Spider Control For Homeowners - Kill Spiders Naturally - October 4th, 2015
- DIY: 9 Natural Ways To Keep Spiders Out Of Your Home To ... - September 25th, 2015
- Bellevue Spider Control | Bellevue, WA | Sunrise Pest ... - September 8th, 2015
- Control Spiders in the Home - Do-It-Yourself Pest Control ... - September 3rd, 2015
- Spider Control Service and DIY | Corky's Pest Control - August 17th, 2015
- Get Rid of Black Widow Spiders: Black Widow Spider Control - August 7th, 2015
- Spider Control Products, Control Spiders - August 3rd, 2015
- Spider Control in San Diego, Riverside and Orange County ... - July 31st, 2015
- Learn About Spiders | Spider Identification | Hulett Pest ... - July 24th, 2015
- Spider Control Kit - DoMyOwnPestControl.com - July 15th, 2015
- Buy Spider Control Product at Economic Price - Pestmall - July 9th, 2015
- Spider Control Electronic Pest Control - July 6th, 2015