How To Survive A Venomous Snake Bite
A snake bite can be terrifying and it’s important to know the necessary precautions to take. These tips are especially important if the bite came from a venomous snake. The key to survive a venomous snake bite is to stay calm and immediately seek medical assistance. Check out this article for more tips to survive a dangerous bite.
How To Avoid Being Bitten By A Snake
If you find yourself hiking or out in the wilderness, there will be a higher snake presence. Here are some tips to help prevent snake bites:
- If you see snake, leave it alone. Even if you know the snake is not venomous, that doesn’t mean there may not be another snake near by.
- Try to wear thicker clothing and hiking gear.
- Do what you can to avoid tall grass.
- Avoid turning over large rocks or logs.
- Learn about the venomous and non-venomous snakes in your area.
Stay Calm And Sit Still
Of course, staying calm is easier said than done. However, it’s important to sit still and stay calm because the faster your heart beats the more you increase blood flow to the wound, increasing the spread of venom. If bitten, immediately sit down, stay calm and call 911. Remember to stay as relaxed as possible while you wait for medical help to get to your location.
Immediately Contact Emergency Responders
First and foremost, you should immediately call 911 if bitten by a snake even if you are unsure whether that snake was venomous or not. Don’t hesitate to call while you determine the type of snake as the poison from a potential snake could spread and put you at a higher risk. An emergency responder can decide what type of transportation is needed or if you should drive to the hospital yourself. If you do decide to drive to the hospital, make sure that someone else is driving. As the venom takes effect, the symptoms may cause blurred vision, difficulty breathing, fainting and even paralysis.
Describe The Snake To Emergency Responders
Be sure to describe the snake that bit you in detail. The more details you can provide will help them better determine what anti-venom or medicine should be used. The following are some details that will help emergency responders:
- Describe the snake’s length
- How thick was the snake?
- Describe each and every color
- What is the shape of the snake’s head? Were there any vertical slits?
- What did they eyes look like? Were there any vertical slits?
In addition to giving them these details, if you or friend is able, provide a photo of the snake to give to medical personnel. Lastly, do not attempt to kill the snake to bring it with you as you are at risk of getting bit again.
First Aid Tips While You Wait For Medical Help
While you wait for emergency responders to get to you, it’s important you follow these first aid tips to ensure your safety.
- Remove constricting items or tight clothing around the bitten area as these may cause the area to swell.
- If the bit is on the arm or leg, try creating a loose splint to help restrain movement.
- Allow the wound to bleed freely for about a minute before cleansing. However, avoid flushing the wound out with water. If you don’t have the right materials, wait for medical help to arrive.
- You’ll need to watch or tell a friend to look out for warning signs such as paleness, sweating, clammy skin, shallow breathing and more.
- Do not apply cold items such as ice packs as they will reduce circulation; concentrate the venom in your tissues, which will make the tissue damage at a quicker rate.
- Don’t try to cut at the wound. Snake fangs are curved, therefore the venom may be in a different area then where you are trying to cut.
- Do not try to suck the venom out. This may sound like a good idea to avoid the spread of the venom but in doing so the venom could be absorbed through the mouth’s membranes. This means that you can transfer bacteria, which increases the chances of infection.
- You should avoid making a tourniquet, as this will reduce circulation. This will concentrate the venom to that specific area creating more severe tissue damage.