Singer Meghan Linsey is discussing an incident in which a venomous spider bit her in the face and left a huge "hole" there.
The 31-year-old was awoken from her sleep one night in February by a stinging sensation. She swept her hand across her face and hit a large spider. She then realized that she had been bitten under her eye by a brown recluse, which is a venomous spider mostly found in the southern and midwestern part of the U.S. Most of their bites are minor with no necrosis, however, there are some cases where painful symptoms and severe dermonecrotic lesions can occur as was the case for Linsey.
“The swelling was the first thing, and then I ended up just having crazy, crazy symptoms,” she told People. “I had muscle spasms, then I had a body rash all over. They tell people to not look up things on WebMD, and I had looked up everything on WebMD and I had every symptom. Every day was another thing.”
Soon, things got even worse despite antibiotics Linsey was taking.
“I was supposed to be getting better, but I was getting worse – up until day nine, which is when the symptoms stopped happening and the necrosis started on my face,” The Voice alum explained.
Linsey documented her wound , which she refers to as “a hole on my face,” via social media.
Warning: Graphic photos
I know I've been MIA on social media for a while, so I wanted to fill you all in on what's going on. These pics are hard to share, but I think it's important for me to be open with you guys. Everything isn't perfect all of the time. We all go through hard stuff. So, 9 days ago, on February 12, I woke up to a stinging sensation on my face. I looked and in my right hand was a dead spider. Somehow while I was sleeping, a spider had bit me and I had killed it. This scenario is literally on the top of my nightmare list. The stinging was awful and I knew it had to be poisonous. I put the spider in a bag and headed to urgent care. Over the course of the last 9 days, I have experienced the most insane symptoms. From excruciating nerve pain in my face, muscle spasms, full body rash, extreme swelling... etc. It has really been rough. It has been confirmed that I was bit by a brown recluse spider, one of two of the most poisonous spiders in the US. I am still dealing with the wound on my face, but I finally found the right meds to control the nerve pain. I know I'm not out of the woods on this yet, but I am so incredibly grateful for my health and I will never take it for granted again. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated. I will be getting back in the studio this week, to work on the new record! I can't wait to finish it. And I can't wait to get back on the road on March 9 & 10- I will be playing in Alaska! And PLEASE, if you live in area where these spiders are, do some research and learn how to protect yourself! I know this is not common at all, but better safe than sorry! Love you all! Xo Meg
I cannot believe the outpouring of love and support I have received from all of you. I'm finally feeling somewhat normal again. It has been 11 days since I was bit by a brown recluse spider. I saw the Toxicologist at Vanderbilt yesterday and she said she thinks my wound is going to heal just fine on it's own. She doesn't think I will need surgery, which is a huge relief! I am so grateful for all of your prayers, well wishes and positive energy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️
Not seeing much improvement in her wound, Linsey decided to try hyperbaric chamber treatment and got some results.
Sorry if this grosses anyone out, but a lot of people have asked to see updated pictures of my healing, so this is where we're at. I definitely think the hyperbaric chamber treatments sped up the healing process dramatically. It's been 3 weeks since my bite. Just waiting for the last little bit of black (dead tissue) to slough off so that new skin can grow and the wound can heal. Thank you again for the prayers, words of encouragement, and love! Love you guys! Xo Meg
Recently, a fan reached out to her about using Stratamed. It is a wound dressing and looks to really be helping her.
Linsey still isn't sure though if she will have to live with a large scar on her face but still feels she is lucky to be around.
“It’s kind of a pain at this point but, after going through everything I went through, I’m just glad to be alive.”