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About Snake Bites

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Snake bites can be fatal if not treated. They have a greater impact on children because of their smaller size.

If a person is bitten, running after the snake to catch it may not be a good idea.

Here are some tips that would guide you in the event of a snake bite!

Beat the Panic

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The first step in the event of snake bite is to calm the patient.

Panic increases BP and pulse rate and carries the venom faster through the victimís body.

Restrict Movements

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If the snake - bite is on the arm, then use a sling bandage for support.

If the bite is on the leg, then use a splint and tie it to the leg using a cloth. Do not tighten the cloth. The purpose is to immobilize the leg till treatment.

Remove any rings or bangles to avoid complications in case of swelling.

Symptoms

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Symptoms, How to Handle Snake Bite
Common symptoms -

» Difficulty in breathing/speaking

» Droopy eyelids/blurred vision

» Bleeding from gums/wounds

» Increased swelling

» Dizziness/convulsions/

» Severe pain

» Loss of consciousness

» Nausea/fainting

» Increased thirst

Treatment

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Lack of treatment can be deadly even if symptoms do not appear.

Shift the patient to the hospital, for modern treatment, as soon as possible.

An injection with the right anti - venom is life-saving!

Herbs, snakestones or traditional medicines would be a colossal waste of precious time.

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DO NOT

» Do not cut the bite with sharp tools, like blade

» Do not apply pressure, such as by using cold compressors

» Do not use tourniquet

» Do not suck out the venom orally

» Do not feed or give anything to the patient orally

» Do not give medicines, unless instructed by a doctor

» Do not try to raise the site of bite to above the level of heart

Prevention

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It may not be possible to completely avoid snake bite but the following steps may be considered -

» Avoid areas where snakes are commonly found such as under rocks and logs

» If you are a frequent trekker then carry a first aid kit for emergencies including snake bite

» Make a tapping noise when you trek. Snakes will slither away and avoid you

» Never provoke a snake

Time is Precious

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Don't waste time and lose life!

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