7 Things To Do When Bitten By A Snake

Do you know the antidotes of a snake bite? Do you know what to do for first aid when bitten by a snake? What do you do if you're bitten by a snake? How do you tell if a snake is poisonous or not?

To be bitten by a snake is a serious danger because you can't tell immediately if you've been poisoned with the snakes venom. There are many venomous snakes lurking around in our home areas and playground. The world most poisonous snake known as the black Mamba can have its victim writhing to death in a few minutes.

So, a greater danger is not knowing what to do ASAP if a snake bites you, or a scorpion stings you. With a delayed urgent attention, death may become inevitable.

How do you treat a snake bite? Knowledge of snakebite first aid can be the difference between death and survival for a victim. While it is highly important to get emergency treatment as quickly as possible, keep these tips in mind for first aid that could be lifesaving.

Common Symptoms Of A Snake Bite

People who have been bitten by a snake could experience pain in the affected area, redness, bruising, bleeding, swelling, sweating, nausea, orfast heart rate.

7 First Aid Tips For Snake Bite

1. Be Calm

Who keeps calm when bitten by a snake? Maybe only someone who's resigned to die. But you do have to know that when you refuse to keep calm in the face of this danger, it could increase your heart rate leading to the rapid spread of the venom because of increased blood flow.

2. Remove Clothing and Jewelry

The area surrounding the bite could immediately swell so remove constricting clothing and jewelries ASAP.

3. Don't Use Tourniquets

You are in the wrong if you believe using a tourniquet would stop the spread of the venom. A tourniquet could cut off blood flow completely. Instead, use a bandage.

4. Use Bandage

Apply a firm bandage  and immobilize affected body part with a splint or stick. Then keep the bite area below heart level to slow blood flow.

5. Don’t Suck

Do not suck or cut the wound in an attempt to remove the venom. It could increase the chance of infections and cause needless additional injury and pain.

6. Do Not Eat Food Or Drink Water

This is one important rule. To keep the metabolism of the body at a low rate, the victim shouldn’t eat or drink, especially caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

7. Take Note Of Details Of Snake

This is could be lifesaving. Try to remember the color, shape of the snake and also the time of the bite. It would help in swift identification and treatment of the bite. However, If you didn’t see the snake, do not stress or chase it.

We all know that all snakes are not venomous, but all snakebites should be treated as venomous. Seek medical attention immediately.

Scorpion Bites

Like a snake bite, scorpion stings can be quite painful and dangerous. So, it is okay to use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce the pain and discomfort. Ibuprofen and Aspirin could help.

But most importantly, visit your local medical clinic for urgent treatment.

Although this has not been verified, do eat onions, lots of it. Apply to the bite too in cases of a scorpion sting. 

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