​Spider Tourist’s Skin: Creature Crawls to Upper Chest

Author: Michael StevensBy:
Staff Reporter
Oct. 20, 2014

A spider found in a tourist’s skin after a trip to Bali sounds like a creepy horror movie to boot, but it happened to Dylan Thomas.

The poisonous critter caused Dylan pain in his stomach as it had made its way into his abdomen from an appendix scar. The 21-year-old, who lives in Bunbury, West Australia, said there were times it felt like a tickling sensation. The Bali tourist’s skin was marked by the spider, which gradually worsened by the spider in the you

Dylan awoke to find a bizarre red trail two inches from his naval, according to NT News. He said it was as if someone had scratched him with the tip of a knife. The critter moved two inches later that evening.

“It wasn’t really a tickling sensation, obviously once the venom started to affect my skin it was a really burning sensation like a searing feeling … I knew for a fact I hadn’t done anything or come into contact with anything to make it worse.”

The spider from the tourist’s skin moved all the way up to the chest cavity. Dylan found what appeared to be an outline of a critter, but then it later changed. What he was enduring was shocking, perhaps fearful, as he rushed to the hospital.

The creature was then removed from under the tourist’s skin, although the poisonous spider had died, according to the United Press International. The hospital staff told the news agency that the spider had crawled under the skin to the man’s sternum. Thomas said he is hoping to be Spiderman for Halloween.

The amazing thing is that a doctor first dismissed the scar as a minor insect bite and gave Dylan antihistamines. But the mark near his naval has moved to the middle of his chest. It was the venom from the spider which had created a series of blisters on his skin.

However, this story does come with critics who say the incident is questionable. Christopher Buddle, associate professor at McGill University’s Department of Natural Resource Sciences, told ion can’t think of any reason why a species of this type would enter the human body.

“I think this is extremely suspect, unusual, and likely not possible. Simply put: it is not plausible and I can think of no valid reason why a spider might ‘crawl beneath skin through a scar … The claim that it was ‘feeding and moving up through the scar tissue’ defies logic and defies what we know about the biology of spiders. I am also sceptical because the ‘evidence’ (the spider itself) is not presented … Other arthropods (ticks or mites) could ‘possibly’ be ‘associated’ with something like this … perhaps … But certainly not a spider.”

The spider that lived under the tourist’s skin may be the inspiration for a new tattoo. Dylan wants to save enough money to have it done. The spider has not been identified, but was sent to a laboratory, News Max reports.

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