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Post by cosmictanya on Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:08 pm

Is it possible to be bitten by some poisonous insect in your own house in the UK?

When I woke up this morning I was gently bleeding from three different places - two on the hand, one further down. The three sites have remained painful - like a piercing needle without let up, my hand has been tingling for much of the day, and now I've noticed swollen glands.

I thought this was a safe and temperate little island where we didn't need to worry about such things. Does anyone know?
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Post by cosmictanya on Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:10 pm

Can this remain a picture free thread please? No bites or their potential causes to appear as visuals. Thanks.
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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:19 pm

If it happens in bed, it could be bed bugs.

Then again, some spiders can give you a nasty nip. I've been bitten by them on more than one occasion.

Also, centipedes can stab you with a venomous needle.

A Devil's Coach Horse beetle can carry a nasty bite.

There are also some flies that can stab you with their proboscis.

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Post by The Call of the Wendigo on Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:29 pm

According to Wikipedia, bed bugs often produce a line of three bites. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug

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Post by cosmictanya on Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:19 pm

I don't have bed bugs!
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Post by Nightjar on Fri Nov 15, 2019 11:24 pm

Could be a false widow spider bite.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steatoda_nobilis

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Post by WhatDoesThisButtonDo? on Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:38 am

Cooties?

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Post by cosmictanya on Sat Nov 16, 2019 2:00 pm

Some kind of spider bite x3 makes sense. If it was one of the other suggestions it would've happened last night as well and it didn't. I was really ill last night due to this - shivering but hot.
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Post by Nightjar on Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:07 pm

You'd have to think about when it might've realistically happened.

I'm guessing in the night, but think back.

The symptoms sound very like a false widow, which have become more common in the UK in last decade or so.

Painful rather than itchy with accompanying nausea/fever-like symptoms.

I'm betting you've dared not look at the wiki link I provided because you're such an utter fanny, but they don't look all that different from the common 4-spot golden orb weavers you get spinning large webs across autumnal gardens (large, b*lbous bodies marked with brown spots, small thorax and not overly long legs).

The only thing is:

1) It's still unbelievably rare (despite Daily Fail-like stories of infested primary schools).
2) They're very docile and shy and only bite if squashed, pinched or generally attacked.
3) The idea that one (or even more!) would bite you multiple times is stretching credibility beyond reason.

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Post by cosmictanya on Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:10 pm

I'll have to wait to fire up the laptop. I can't look at ugly pictures of things on my iPad because the clarity is so good and it's closer to my face.

I wonder if it might be twice rather than three times. The third (second on hand) site could conceivably have been done half asleep with a nail when I reached to examine myself with the good hand. That third area is flat. The other two are still swollen like an actual bite.

Without being entirely specific as to the off of hand site, let's just say I had to forego underwear yesterday after quickly realising that knicker elastic was causing extra pain and pressure.

I was definitely asleep in bed when it happened. It could have bitten me on the hand and then run off down the bed under the covers - perhaps I turned over or something, and hypocritically thinking it was being attacked, it struck again.

I do still feel vaguely nauseous. Less feverish but aching, stiff joints.
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