A UK man realized every arachnophobe’s worst nightmare after an alleged spider bite left him with a ghastly, flesh-eating wound that wouldn’t heal.
“I can’t stand spiders,” Carl Jones told SWNS of the horrific saga, which began in January after the Bucks native noticed a mysterious blister on his bicep, the Daily Star reported.
Unsure as to what caused the mark, the 26-year-old lab technician checked into urgent care. Unfortunately, doctors were equally miffed by the blemish and simply dressed the wound.
Shortly thereafter, Jones’ condition began to deteriorate.
“I was at work and someone said I didn’t look very well,” recounted the perplexed patient. “I experienced lots of sweating and fevers.”
Eventually, the blister ballooned up into a revolting coin-sized crater that was filled with pus.
Jones was subsequently rushed to the hospital, where “he underwent investigations for Borrelia, TB and eventually skin cancer as the wound wasn’t healing,” the terrified soul recalled.
Doctors tried to remedy Carl’s flesh-eating pustule by prescribing him three different antibiotics, but to no avail.
Salvation finally came in June, five months after the bite initially appeared, when Jones underwent a biopsy, in which doctors excised the infected portion of the wound, the Sun reported.
A few weeks later, the poor soul finally discovered what he believed to be the culprit — a noble false widow spider in his bathroom.
“I came home from work the other night and I’ve never seen anything like it before,” said the recovering patient of the spider, a moderately venomous species of non-native UK arachnid that’s often confused with the highly toxic black widow in the US.
“I looked into cases around Milton Keynes and I saw a news article about an increase of false widows in the area,” said, Jones adding, “I just put two and two together really.”
And while the gentle soul normally takes spiders outside, Jones decided to kill this specimen to prevent it from potentially putting him in the hospital again.
This isn’t the first time a seemingly innocuous boo-boo has metastasized into a serious skin condition. Last month, a California man redefined “razor rash” after a shaver mixup resulted in his face getting ravaged by flesh-eating bacteria.