We often neglect insect bites and end up regretting it. Unfortunately, insect bites usually happen at night during our sleep, when we’re most vulnerable to them. The next day we will be shocked with the bite marks they left behind but sometimes it’s far more horrifying. This is precisely what happened to Carelle Mowatt who woke up with an enormous blister on her leg.
On March 24, Carelle Mowatt woke up with a huge blister on her leg, at first she believed it was caused by ringworm.
The 24-year-old country singer from Tilford, Surrey had a fear of going to the doctor. So she “foolishly tried to self-diagnose” the swollen bite.
She kept telling herself numerous times “it’s only a blister” and took some antihistamines as her medication, Get Surrey reports.
However, the self-prescribe medication didn’t work, as the blister gets bigger and bigger until it finally burst out gruesomely.
So the next day, she gathered courage and went to a doctor. Shockingly, the huge blister supposedly caused by a ringworm turns out to be an infected bite from a venomous spider!
She said “I started a course of antibiotics and had it bandaged every day. The pain was absolutely unbelievable. I became nervous about anyone going near my leg. I wasn’t sleeping as I associated my bed with the bite.”
After 14 days, Carelle suffered a “terrible turn” and was rushed to A&E. She was bedridden and the doctors prescribe her with strong antibiotics and morphine.
“We put my pain down to a bad allergic reaction to a regular house spider bite,” Carelle said.
However, the severity of her condition surfaces a month later…
She said, “I had an actual hole in the side of my leg. The bite had become necrotic. This is when your body can’t recover from a trauma when there is inadequate blood supply and the cells have totally died.”
Her dermatologist had to scrape the dead tissue away with a scalpel to allow the fresh tissue to form, she explained.
“The pain was unbearable, I had five people pinning me down. Unfortunately, the necrotic tissue was firmly glued to my leg. I was facing surgery.” she added.
However, a plastic surgeon specializing in spider bites, felt Carelle’s wound was healing and that surgery would leave scarring and risk further infection, though it was usually a good practice to remove the necrosis.
“I walked out the hospital with mixed feelings,” she said. “I had psyched myself up for the operation. The finishing line was so close and it felt like it was taken away from me. A week later, the surgeon contacted me to say I should start letting air get to the bite and start showering too. This felt like Christmas – an actual shower!”
But her road to recovery hit another setback when her plastic surgeon told her some good and bad news. The good news is, there’s no further infection but the bad news is, he need to remove all the dead tissue.
Carelle recalls, “The pain was crazy. Then, my superhero alter ego kicked in. ‘Take it off now!’ I said. All I recall is the intense pain. But the necrosis was gone.”
The doctor later told her that the ferocity of her necrosis was possibly the result of a bite by a venomous spider. And after suffering for two months of horror, the aspiring singer finally return back to her work. However, she still suffers from sleep issues and night terrors.
She said, “If you see an alien blister appear, please go to the doctors or A&E. Don’t leave it like I did. My blog has been an amazing outlet. I’ve had some really frustrating and sad days and creating this has really kept me going.”
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I never thought that a simple spider bite would cause such harm. This leaves us a message not to ignore bites and always see a doctor if something strange happens to avoid further damages.