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Spider Bite mirroring a Brown Recluse (exactly, but smaller in size) in Southeast Georgia-HELP!!!!

I have been severely bitten by an unseen spider that is giving me a reaction similar to a brown recluse. I did not see the spider, however, there are TONS of spiders in my garage about an inch and a half long that strongly resemble wolf spiders.. (hairy, two parallel lines straight down the back, not violin shaped).. they weave webs in the top of the garage and live in them, and they are black with the white striping.

I don't know if these are the ones, but the blister and bulls eye mark of the bite got so bad (with pains in my leg and a fever of 100 degrees) that I've been put on antibiotics.. there is no necrotic black occurring (except in the skin that has fallen off the blister 48 hours later).

My question, is this dangerous????

"Spider" Bite
I take it that you have sought medical attention.

It could very well be that your "spider" bite is from an insect or other arthropod.
See this link for information on causes of necrotic wounds other than brown recluse spider bites.

From your description I would say that the spiders in your garage are NOT brown recluse spiders.

See this link for a map of the distribution of the brown recluse. If you do not live in or near the edges of the shaded area on this map then it is unlikely that you have brown recluse spider in or near your house.

Here are a few tips on identifying a brown recluse spider:
The brown recluse has uniformly colored legs covered with fine hairs. The legs have no stripes, banding, or spines on them. The abdomen is also uniformly colored.
The body of the brown recluse is under half an inch in length.
The brown recluse has six eyes whereas most spiders have eight (this can only be determined with the use of a microscope.)

See this link for more information on “dangerous” spiders and insects.

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