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How To Treat A Snakebite

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Thousands of people suffer snakebites each year.  Far fewer die as a result.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says only 9 to 15 snakebite incidents turn fatal.

But what if you or someone else is bit? Do you know what to do?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following:

  • Try to remember the color, shape and pattern of the snake so you can describe it later.
  • Stay still and calm to help slow the venom if the snake is venomous.
  • Call 911 and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
  • Apply first aid if you can’t get to the hospital right away.
  • Lay or sit with the bite below the level of the heart.  
  • Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.  

Do NOT:

  • Pick up the snake or try to trap it.
  • Apply a tourniquet.
  • Cut the wound with a knife.
  • Suck out the venom.
  • Apply Ice or immerse the wound in water.
  • Drink alcohol as a pain killer.
  • Drink caffeinated beverages.

Read more from the CDC here.

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