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Loxoscelism - Pathology
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This is the final piece that I submitted in February for my pathology assignment. It's not for the weak of stomach! You've been warned! (Although my illustration is much more forgiving than actual photos of the pathology).

I'd be happy to answer questions if you have them... if you download the piece, you can see a version large enough to read the text.
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Shanglon's avatar
Wow this is really informative and educational. Thank you very much for posting this!
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piojote|Professional General Artist
Great Image and One question. Loxosceles are minor dangerous in comparison with the australian Atrax robustus and the Phoneutria nitriventer?
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
Not sure but I would guess that - Australia has all the scariest animals.
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piojote|Professional General Artist
I hear about Tourism in australia descents for this reason.
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hadthestrangestdream's avatar
This is fascinating! I've lived among the black widows my entire life (have a little family in my garage, in fact), but getting chased by a brown recluse was one of the most frightening experiences! Luckily I've not been bit by either, and I'd like to keep it that way. Looking at the damage illustrated is one thing, experiencing it is quite another! Excellent work.
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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Aleciadukira's avatar
i was bitten in my sleep when i was in jr high its been 7 years now i still have the scar from the thing. but all that happen to me was it was really itchy it swelled but not like a bollon and i had to white stringy stuff when we pulled them out it looked like it had pearls on it.
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
D: I'm sorry to hear that you went through this! Even without the tissue death it must have been very painful.
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LadyDeven|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooo man this brings back memories, my friend got bit twice.
In the most inconvenient of spots too. They had to surgically clean the first one too.
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
D: That's awful! I wouldn't wish the wound on anyone.
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LadyDeven|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me either, or the idiot doctor that had packed them after words. :(
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aileen's avatar
Mmm... necrosis.
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
Tasty, tasty dying flesh... D:
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aileen's avatar
Brown recluses are sympatric with black widows in the area where I grew up, and yet everyone was terrified of the widows and hadn't even heard of the recluses. Given the choice, if I had to, I'd rather be bitten by a widow than a recluse. Sure, horrific, system-wide pain, but at least the flesh isn't rotting in place, leaving a growing pit of yuck!
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Strayfish|Professional Interface Designer
True enough, but I believe you are more likely to die from a widow bite than a recluse. The only known cases of death from brown recluse bites are in kids under 14. Plus you only get the necrotic arachnidism about 15% of the time... so I think I'd choose the recluse over the widow. >_>

I'm arachnophobic though, so I'd really prefer to just not meet either. ^^;
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