Do's and Dont's in Snake Bite

This article explains about what should be done and what should not be done when you are bitten by snakes. Some snakes may be poisonous and some may not be poisonous. Read to know the basic details top save yourself from poisonous effects of snake bites.

Snake bite is something where still even in affluent and educated society opts for some practice which are certainly not indicated, in fact contraindicated.

Here are some do,s and dont,s for snake bite :-

(A) Reassure the patient.
- 70% of bites are from non venom species and death in these cases are due to fear.
- Only 50% of bites of Venomous species inject venom.
(B) Immobilize the limb in the same way as for a fracture.
(C) Get to Hospital fast
- Don,t waste time in traditional treatment.
(D) Tell the doctor if the victim has any of the following
- Drooping eyelids, difficulty in swallowing or speaking or breathing.
- Any bleeding from the gums etc. or any unusual bruises.
(E) Mark the limit of any swelling with a pen.

(A) Do not cut or make any incision to the wound
(B) Do not apply electric shock or ice.
(C) Do not seek traditional medicine cures.
(D) Do not take alcohol or Aspirin
(E) Do not apply very tight bandage or tourniquet.

If we apply these do,s and dont,s in every snake bite we can save more than 90% life which we lose due to snake bites.



Author: Nibedita Dash05 Oct 2008 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Some people bind the area so that the poison not be spreaded.
Is it a right idea or a muth ?

Author: Dr.Sanjeev(Sandy)06 Oct 2008 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

See th (E) point of Dont,s. Binding the area leads to decrease in blood supply as the major vessels are blocked and this may cause nectrosis or damage to the concerned part.

Author: Partha K.08 Sep 2017 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

The author has done a great job by mentioning the first aids for snake bite cases.

In case of snake bite, timely action immensely helps to save the life. Immediately after snake bite, proper tourniquet must be applied. The person should be immediately taken to the nearest health center for administering anti-venom injection. If the snake can be identified from the bite marks, it further helps the treatment. Such patients must not be taken to quacks or other local snake-charmers for treatment.

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