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A bloke who suffered a mysterious flesh-eating wound for five months says a false widow spider was to blame.
Doctors were baffled by the strange injury on the upper part of Carl Jones’s left arm.
The 26-year-old lab technician went to an Urgent Care centre in January, soon after noticing the weird blister on his bicep. Doctors dressed the wound but couldn’t work out what had caused it.
Carl's injury soon worsened – becoming infected and eventually starting to eat at the surrounding flesh – leaving a nauseating £2 coin-sized wound filled with pus.
Carl, from Milton Keynes, Bucks, became seriously unwell due to his injury.
He said: "I ended up in A&E one time. I was at work and someone said I didn't look very well. I was dripping with sweat.
"I experienced lots of sweating and fevers.
"I underwent investigations for Borrelia, TB and eventually skin cancer as the wound wasn't healing after five months."
Doctors tried to cure Carl's injury by putting him on three different types of antibiotic but none were effective.
Finally in June – five months on from the initial bite – Carl underwent a biopsy, which successfully removed the infected part of the wound.
And a few weeks after that Carl discovered the culprit for his injury when he came across a noble false widow spider in his bathroom.
He said: "I came home from work the other night and I've never seen anything like it before.
"I looked into cases around Milton Keynes and I saw a news article about an increase of false widows in the area.
"I just put two and two together really."
Not taking any chances, Carl killed the spider – but he insists that he normally prefers to move them outside.
False widow spiders are common in the UK and are venomous, but generally do not bite unless they feel threatened
Carl added: "I can't stand spiders. I won't be going anywhere near them now.
"I'm a bit uncomfortable sleeping in my room.”
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