Craig Campbell Suffers Painful and Potentially Dangerous Spider Bite

Craig Campbell gets bitten by brown recluse
Photo of Craig by Tammie Arroyo/; Spider Bite courtesy Craig Campbell Instagram

In the world of Stan Lee, a spider bite gave Peter Park superhuman powers and a fine-looking, form-fitting onesie. In the world of singer-songwriter Craig Campbell, a spider bite gave him a heckuva sore arm.

According to posts on his Instagram, Craig woke up on Sunday morning with a discoloration on his bicep that traveled up his arm.

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He asked, “Anyone of y’all ever been bit by an insect (spider, mosquito, etc) and it look like this? The first photo was from Sunday morning on the way to the minute clinic. Second photo was last night and last photo was taken this morning. It hurts like hell to the touch!! Somebody tell me what bit me.”

On June 3, Craig gave fans and followers and update on his condition.

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“I’ve seen 2 practitioners so far and the general consensus is a brown recluse bit me. I’m going today to talk with a plastic surgeon to discuss next steps in case skin grafting is needed. In the words of my sister, brown recluse are straight from the pits of Hell!! By the way…I feel fine but my arm hurts super bad.”

Back in 2017, fellow singer and songwriter Meghan Linsey was bitten by a brown recluse on her face. Although she did suffer some necrosis, he has gone on to make a full recovery, receiving hyperbaric treatment.

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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

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