Last night, I grabbed a sweatshirt from a hamper in the basement and put it on. I immediately felt something wrong and knew something was crawling on my back inside my shirt. Out dropped a LARGE spider that was tannish gray with visible hairs. I stomped on it right away. Over the next couple hours I swelled up real bad. My eyes were so puffy they almost shut. My fingers were not too visibly puffy, but when I clenched them, I could feel the tightness of swelling. My upper body broke out in what I guess you would call hives. I was red all around my neck, chest, face and stomach. There was a series of welts that were on my spine where the spider bit me. I itched so bad from head to toe, I was tempted to roll around in my gravel driveway! It totally sucked! I know EXACTLY where the spider came from. Last wednesday I was up at the mouth of Euclid Creek on Lake Erie trying for steelies, and I was sitting on the limestone rock breakwall. I saw 2 spiders that looked exactly like this. They matched the color of the limestone almost perfectly. With me, I had my tackle bag, which had all the compartments open. Not coincidentally, my tackle bag was 6 feet away from the hamper that I grabbed the sweatshirt from. Seems I had a stowaway! The spider itself had a legspread of around 3 inches or so. The body was about the size of a nickel. The spider had a sleek look to it, and had a very low and spread out profile. Again, it was a grayish tan, like the color of limestone almost. Was this a type of poisonous recluse? Or did I just have an allergic reaction to a non-poisonous spider? Anyways, after about 2 or 3 hours, the itching and redness went away, and the swelling receded, except for my eyes, which remained puffy into this afternoon. At no point was my breathing affected or did I ever feel ill. In fact, I felt great, except for the itching. All signs are gone now and I am curious if anyone has any ideas of which kind of spider so viciously attacked me!