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Posted: July 26, 2017

Mystery bug bite leaves Arizona man's arm covered in bruises


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By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CHANDLER, Ariz. —

A routine chore left an Arizona man with a bug bite that caused a severe reaction.

Thomas Jay was taking out the trash earlier this month when he felt something pinch his arm, KPNX reported. A small puncture wound appeared.

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Over the course of a few days, Jay's reaction to the bite spread and became more severe, covering his arm in large, painful bruises. Doctors have not been able to determine what kind of bug bit Jay, and are awaiting biopsy results for further clues.

The Jays did some internet sleuthing and believe the bite may have come from a solpugid (camel spider) or a brown recluse spider.

While Jay is recovering from the mystery bug bite, he continues to experience side effects, including pain, itching and loss of arm strength, KPNX reported. 


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