Brown recluse spider bites can have a devastating effect on human tissue as the following gallery of images will show.
The next sequence of pictures follow a victim that is bit on his thumb. Though not too bad looking after 3 days, this bite is far from fully developed.
Notice the finger is still swelling as the bite become more and more infected. Though antibiotics will subdue the infection, most bite victims will still experience a lot of pain and suffering from the wound that develops.
The thumb which was bit is still swelling and getting more red. It is clear that this bite is infected and the general state of the soft tissue around the penetration point is degenerating.
At this point, the infection has progressed enough to warrant some invasive treatments and procedures. This will involve making cuts and draining the wound.
The wound has now been lanced and drained. Two days have gone by since the last photo. At this point it is hoped the infection won't get any worse.
At this point the wound looks as bad as it will look. The infection has slowed and though this will take months to heal, the real threat has passed. Now only time will tell how well the injury heals and if there is any permanent damage to the skin, muscles, nerves and other surrounding soft tissue.