How to survive being bitten by a venomous snake / how to treat a venomous snake bite

How to survive being bitten by a venomous snake / how to treat a venomous snake bite
How to survive being bitten by a venomous snake / how to treat a venomous snake bite

How to survive being bitten by a venomous snake / how to treat a venomous snake bite

Venomous snakes can be found on all continents (except Antarctica) all over the world, it is therefore very important to know how to deal with venomous / poisonous snake bites, and thus survive. If you are an active hiker this piece of information should come in handy if you ever were to be as unlucky as being bitten by a snake. First of all, let us deal with how to treat a snake bite:

HOW TO TREAT A SNAKE BITE

1. First of all, before starting any treatment of the person being bitten by a snake, notify emergency services / 911.

2. Wash the bite with soap and water as quickly as you possibly can (this is very important, as this will limit the chance of infection and will wash away any poisonous residue left accessible in the wound).

3. Immobilize the bitten area, to slow down the venom spreading into the body via the bloodstream.

4. Calm down / make the person calm down, avoiding panic is essential, as a panic attack will make your heart beat faster and thus increasing blood circulation letting the venom spread faster.

5. Wrap an elastic bandage / piece of stretchy shirt about 5 cm above the bite area, once again aiding in slowing blood circulation. It is very important that the bandage is not too tight (due to swelling, and cutting off blood supply completely (this would be very bad)). To assess, you can see if you are able to slip a finger underneath the bandage.

6. Some first aid kits come equipped with specialized suction device designed to remove poison, read the instructions properly and clean the area with soap and water (as mentioned in point 1) before applying the apparatus. NEVER attempt to suck poison out with your mouth (or another person’s mouth…), this is very unlikely to achieve anything but causing an infection in the wound.

7. It is important to remember that the bitten area will swell (loads) as the body reacts to the venom, it is therefore essential to remove any jewelry (i.e. a bracelet or necklace) or other objects which might prevent the tissues from swelling naturally.

8. Keep the victim warm and hydrated until medical help arrives.

Some things to keep in mind about snakes, and hiking in snake-infested areas:

· Snakes are naturally cold-blooded and therefore need the sun to regulate their body temperature. Therefore they will seek warm, sunny areas such as on top of rocks or boulders. Therefore take extra care when walking in areas of poor visibility due to terrain elevation and similar.

· Always wear sturdy leather hiking boots and long pants when hiking in areas with a high snake population.

· If you come across a snake, try to avoid sudden movements and back away slowly. A snake can strike at half of its body length, as the other half will remain on the ground. Also remember that before it strikes a snake will coil back, giving it the possibility of maintaining stability while attacking.

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Very interesting and could also be very useful.

Useful/up for this one.

Thanks for sharing,

Take care

Eiddwen.


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

This was very informative. Thank you for sharing. :)


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

This was very informative. Thank you for sharing. :)


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Resolver2009 5 years ago from Bournemouth, UK / Oslo, Norway Author

Eiddwen: Glad you found it informative and useful, hopefully you will never be tested on your snakebite survival knowledge though. ;)

QudsiaP1: Thank you. You are very welcome. Have a great day. :)


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webgain 5 years ago from Delhi, India

this hub is awesome.

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