Doctors baffled as mystery insect leaves man with massive dark bruises

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
July 27, 2017News
Doctors baffled as mystery insect leaves man with massive dark bruises
Thomas Jay and his wife believe that he was bitten by solifugae, pictured above. (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)Commons)

Doctors are baffled by bruises left on an Arizona man’s arm after a mysterious bug bit him.

Thomas Jay was taking out the trash when an insect unlike any he has seen before bit him.

“As I glanced at it really quick, all of a sudden I just felt this excruciating pinch, this pressure, this bite or a sting that happened,” Jay told CBS 5.

“I immediately went and swatted the bug off,” Jay added.

(Dee Petrov)
(Dee Petrov)

What followed is still a medical mystery. In a matter of hours, a small bite spread into large dark bruises over Jay’s entire arm. He described them as quite painful.

Jay raced to urgent care with his wife, Dee Petrov. They have since been to two hospitals, according to the GoFundMe page Petrov started.

“We are still praying there are no long-term effects but there are still issues with the arm and more medical tests and doctors to see,” Jay’s wife wrote on the GoFundMe page.

(Dee Petrov)
(Dee Petrov)

After Jay and his wife looked up photos of the insect online, they believe that the bug involved was a solifugae, which is also called a camel spider, wind scorpion, or sun spider.

As of Tuesday, the couple of still waiting for the result from a biopsy. Jay signed on to be part of a medical case study.

Even though the doctors are still baffled, Jay hopes his case will help other people who are bitten by camel spiders—if that indeed turns out to be the culprit.

“Even though they may not be able to figure out what it was, they might be able to help other individuals as they learn from this situation,” Thomas told CBS 5.




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