Around 7000 venomous snake bite cases happen, or at least are reported, every year in the United States. Being bit from a venomous snake is rarely deadly. Around 6 fatalities are reported every year. With that being said, a snake bite should always be treated as a medical emergency.
A bite from a harmless snake can even be serious. A bite can still lead to an allergic reaction or infection. Being bit by a venomous snake can produce all sorts of symptoms including pain and swelling around the bite, convulsions, nausea, and even paralysis.
There are some first aid steps you can take if a bite occurs. These include:
- Cleaning the wound
- Remain Calm
- Immobilize the affected area
- Get to a medical facility immediately for treatment
If a venomous bite is treated in time, the outlook for recovery is good.
Identifying venomous snakes
Most people are unfamiliar with the different types of snakes and can not distinguish between venomous and non-venomous. It can be difficult to know how to respond if a bite occurs. ALWAYS TREAT A SNAKE BITE AS IF IT IS VENOMOUS. Snake Bite Cave Creek AZ
Most snakes in the United States are no venomous, but several types do contain venom. In the US, all of the venomous snakes (except the coral snake) are called Pit Vipers. The Pit Viper are distinguishable by a very noticeable depression between the eye and nostril. This is where the heat sensing area is for the snake. All pit vipers have a triangular head, but not all snakes with a triangular head are venomous.
If you are bit by a snake or someone you are with has been bitten, you will know right away. The bite can happen so quickly that it is possible for the snake to disappear. Snake Bite Cave Creek AZ
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