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Spiders generally don't eat humans...except in movies. They generally only bite humans in defense—the Australian Funnel Web Spider is an exception to this IMHO as it is just an evil, very poisonous beastie. Not all spiders spin webs, as many are hunting/jumping spiders.
A spider bite would generally cause either some swelling, like a typical bee sting, or in the case of some of the nastier spiders, which are neurotoxic or hemotoxic, there would be either problems with the CNS (Neurotoxic) or massive tissue damage (hemotoxic).
The swelling you've gotten sounds like either an allergic reaction to the bite, or a nice case of hemotoxic spider venom...which causes the blood vessels to lose cohesiveness and the area to swell up quite a bit. In either case, an antibiotic really wouldn't help much. Why did they administer antibiotics? Did the doctors find an infection??
If you suspected this was from a spider bite, it probably would have been wise to tell the ER doctors that, and the proper treatment would have been antivenin, which would help neutralize the venom in your arm.
Where were you sailing in your B29.9 when this bite occurred. The number of spiders in North America that are capable of this kind of damage are relatively few—primarily the brown recluse and the black widow IIRC.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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