Dublin woman's treatment to cost €900 after false widow bite

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Dublin Woman's Treatment To Cost €900 After False Widow Bite
A Liveline listener suffered a false widow spider bite.
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James Cox

An Irish woman has spoken out as she recovers from a false widow spider bite.

Sinead told RTÉ's Liveline that she woke up recently with a mark on her arm which was like a cigarette burn or blister, but she then realised that was impossible as she had a cover on her hot water bottle.

She thought it would fade within a day or two, however, the blister on the inside of her lower forearm had flared up into a very ugly scabby blister with pus inside and was not fading at all.

A pharmacist informed her that it was a spider bite. She wanted to avoid an expensive doctor's fee, so she went to a health shop, and they gave her something to fight the bacteria. The mark was not painful but very ugly in appearance.

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Please note this picture is after being treated with anti-biotics and several weeks had passed​.

She eventually went to the doctor after Christmas as it had not faded in over 3 weeks and ended up at a dermatologist at a private hospital who informed her that it was indeed a spider bite.

Her dermatologist wants to perform a skin biopsy on the bite, which will cost around €900.

Apparently, there has been a high level of spider bites in Dublin recently from false widow spiders.

Sinead was looking for advice from other listeners who had suffered false widow bites.

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