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shock discovery Dublin woman shows off wound after being bitten by false widow spider


Bite mark left by false widow spider

Bite mark left by false widow spider

Bite mark left by false widow spider

This is the horror wound left on a Dublin woman after she was bitten by a false widow spider in her home.

Sinead spoke to Joe Duffy on RTÉ's Liveline today about the nasty spider bite she woke up to in December.

Just two weeks before Christmas, Sinead noticed a strange mark on her forearm one morning.

She said: “I thought it was my hot water bottle. I thought it was a burn or I had a blister.”

She described the nasty bite to Joe: “It was just on the inside of my forearm, that part of your arm that’s quite sensitive and exposed.

“It was never painful but just very ugly looking, inflamed, it became very scabby. It was about the size of your thumbnail.

“Initially it had a lot of pus.”


Joe remarked: “It looks like a very bad cigarette burn.”

Sinead noticed that the scab was not fading so she turned to her local chemist for advice.

“I popped into my local pharmacist and I showed them my arm and they said that it looked like a spider bite.

“I thought ‘How would I get a spider bite here in Dublin?’ but they were right.”

The bite turned out to be from a false widow spider which she had “never really heard of” before now.

Originally from the Canary Islands, the false widow spider has been discovered in Ireland on a number of occassions over the last decade.

Most false widow spiders have brownish red, bulbous bodies with white markings and are about 15 millimetres in size.

They are mostly found outdoors but are also known to venture indoors and enjoy warm spaces like the bedroom.

Now, Sinead is looking for suggestions for treatment routes.

She told Liveline that she has already tried a round of antibiotics from her GP and has seen a consultant dermatologist too.

Her dermatologist is now recommending a biopsy, which frightens Sinead as it would be “very expensive and it seems quite drastic as well.”

Sinead said that a biopsy could cost roughly €900.

“The consultant did mention that there have been a lot of these cases in Dublin recently with false widow spiders,” Sinead continued.

“There could be worse things happening of course but it’s an expensive nuisance.”

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