As Britain braces itself for a spider plague, one little girl is already suffering from a painful encounter with an eight-legged horror.
Four-year old Elle Hands’s mother rang the emergency services after the little girl was bitten by a huge spider. The bite caused Elle’s foot to swell up like a balloon and a vivid scarlet rash that resembled a burn to race from the bite up her leg and body until it reached her neck.
Elle was originally prescribed anti-histamine tables at a local walk in centre, but as her temperature continued to rise and the rash took over her body, her panicking parents rang 999.
Penny Jordan, Elle’s mother, spoke about the spiders she has seen in her house: “They’re huge, but because they come into the house from outside, there is not a lot we can do. I have six grandchildren. I don’t want the same happening to them.”
“I want to make parents aware that a simple spider bite can have serious consequences. I was horrified as the rash spread. It looked like she’d been severely scalded. They were just like burn marks.”
Paramedics were able to treat Elle at her home and she has since made a full recovery.
The warm Summer has resulted in a boom in spider numbers and many species make their way indoors with the onset of Autumn. Britain has 14 species of spider that have a nasty bite, several of which have moved her from warmer climes. Most venomous is the false widow, but even the common giant house spider, which is often seen squatting in the bath, has a painful bite.