How to Treat a Snake Bite ?

How to Treat a Snake Bite ?
 




Some snakes are carnivorous reptiles that live in a wide variety of habitats around the world. While most snakes are not venomous, a minority carry venom that can cause painful injury or even death to humans.

Non-Venomous Snakebites

1.Although not likely to be life-threatening, bites from non-venomous snakes can still be painful and lead to infection.

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2.Clean the wound carefully, and stay calm. Wash with clean water. Use an alcohol-soaked pad if one is available. Try not to Panic.

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3.Treat the wound with an antibiotic ointment. Apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment.

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4.Bandage the wound. This will protect it and help to discourage infection. Pay attention to the wound as it heals for redness or streaking or other signs of infection.

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Venomous Snakebites

1.These steps for treating venomous snakebites assume that you have no special equipment such as a snakebite kit and do not have immediate access to medical services.

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2.Get the victim away from the snake. Your first priority is to make sure that neither you nor the victim receive any additional snakebites.

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3.Remove clothing or constricting items. Bites from venomous snakes can cause rapid and severe swelling. Remove clothing or jewelry from the area.

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4.Minimize your activity. Higher levels of activity will increase blood flow and increase the spread of venom throughout your body.

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5.Do not cut the bite site or use your mouth to suck out the poison. These are likely to be ineffective and can increase the likelihood of infection.

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6.Clean the bite site with soap and water. Cover the wound with a dressing.

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7.Wrap a tight, but not uncomfortable elastic bandage two to three inches above the bite site. You can use something like an Ace bandage for this, or can fashion one from a stretchy shirt or other article of clothing. The elastic bandage should not be uncomfortable as that will lead to the person unconsciously flexing their muscles, undoing the purpose of immobilizing the limb.

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  • The intent of this step is to slow drainage from the lymphatic system, not to slow or impede bloodflow. Blood on average makes a complete circuit through the body around once a minute, and cannot be significantly slowed down via compression without risking cutting off circulation. The lymphatic system, on the other hand, drains much more slowly and can be influenced by an elastic compress above the site of the wound.
  • Check for a pulse below the overwrap. It should be present. NOTE: Some experts disagree with this step of using an elastic compress. Doing so may cause a rapid release of venom when the bandage or other material is removed. Leaving it on is not an option, however, because any administered antivenom will not be able to reach the affected area. Additionally, people not trained in first aid will often make the mistake of making the compress to tight, much like a tourniquet, which risks cutting off circulation and worsening the condition. If the venom is a hemotoxin, the use of a material to restrict blood flow may result in the loss of limb.

8.Splint the bitten limb to prevent motion. Keep a the splinted extremity below the level of the heart.

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Treat a Snake Bite Step-12

9.Keep the victim calm and protected from the environment. Let the victim rest until you can get him medical attention. If the victim is conscious, make him drink fluids.

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Tips :

  • Most snakes are not venomous. Most venomous snakes have triangular shaped heads. Learn which venomous snakes live in your area.
  • If you see or hear a poisonous snake freeze. They do not see well, and use motion to determine threat. Back away slowly, alerting others to the snake’s presence.
  • Watch your step in places populated by both humans and rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes shake their rattles to frighten away potential danger so they don’t have to strike. But excessive hunting of rattlesnakes by humans has led to a change in their behavior in human-populated areas. Rattlesnakes in areas with a lot of people are unlikely to rattle at you, relying on their natural camouflage instead, which makes you more likely to step on one.
  • Your best option is to avoid a snakebite. Take care in places where snakes are common. Beware when lifting objects snakes may hide under, like pieces of wood.
  • Stay away from snakes.

 

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