Quick remedy against snake bites at home in case of emergencies
Snakes are long, carnivorous reptiles without legs, covered with scales, has sharp fangs and venom in it. There are many kinds of snakes and these includes king cobra, python, rattle snake, and anaconda.
Snakebites can be very lethal specially because of their poisonous venom. Each year, there are around 7,000 poisonous snake bites cases that are being recorded in America.
Aside from being deadly, snake bites can also result to allergic reaction and infection, or in the worst case scenario, unexpected death.
The victim has only 10 minutes, even though it depends on how poisonous the snake is and much venom has been injected.
With these data and more, however, many are still unaware on how to identify venomous snakes.
That’s one of the reasons why there is a large number of victims, because they don’t know that such snakes have come their way.
Having no idea on how to differentiate non to venomous ones can be very dangerous as well because you wont be able to responded accordingly if you were bitten.
It’s important to educate yourself on this matter because if you, perhaps, were bitten by a snake, there are signs that will confirm if the snake was venomous or not.
Usually, snakes bite fast and they disappear quickly after that. The first thing that you should check is the mark the snake left on you. If you see two puncture wounds then it is venomous.
Aside from that, there are still several things that you should remember.
To know if the snake is venomous, then the wound probably swell and the surroundings of your wound will turn red.
You will also feel pain on the place where you got bitten and aside from that, you will experience vomiting and nausea. Your vision will also blur, and your face and limbs will feel numb.
Other signs to check if the snake is venomous depends on he type of snake that bit you. Specific types sometimes show specific symptoms.
Now, the moment you are bitten by a snake, it is advisable to seek medical aid as soon as possible. Because if not, your life may be at risk, whether you are bitten by a harmless snake or a poisonous one.
Furthermore, it is fortunate that if you are bitten by a snake at home, there are home remedies that are within your reach.
If you or anyone in your family was bitten by a snake, here are the things that you need to do:
The first thing that should be done is to call an ambulance. It is important to seek medical help immediately so the worst case scenario can be avoided.
While waiting for the ambulance, everyone must’ve been panicking and don’t know what to do. So first, explain that not all snakes are venomous. Help your colleagues calm first, that will also help the victim the calm down.
Just like as mentioned, if the snake is venomous, then the victim will have trouble breathing and eventually loose consciousness. If this happens, then the victim must be protected.
While protecting the victim, gradually move him away from the snake to avoid further conflicts. After that, position the victim with the wound below the heart.
You need to make sure that the victim rests and is calmed down in order to keep the venom from spreading.
Wrap the wound with a sterile bandage, take any jewelry from the snake bite area or get rid the shoes if the foot were bitten.
Many people, however, are having a lot of misconception on how to treat snakebites. They don’t know the things that are being discouraged when it comes to such happening.
One of those things is to cut a bitten wound. Doing so will not stop the poison from spreading, or if by chance it did, it leave you handicapped.
There are other things to do so don’t jump to cutting a part of your body.
Another misconception, or a wrong way to treat a snakebite is to try to suck out he venom. This is what we usually see in movies so it’s no wonder why many think doing so will help.
But the thing is, it doesn’t. It doesn’t cure the patient but creates another patient instead. It is also not advisable apply tourniquet, ice or water on the wound.
Furthermore, one shouldn’t give the patient alcohol or caffeinated drinks or any other medications.
As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. So rather than being treated, it’s better to just avoid snakebites. Such occurrence can be prevented in many ways.
To avoid snakebites, try to avoid approaching or handling snake especially in the wild. It’s also advisable to just avoid areas where snakes may be lurking such as tall grasses and piled leaves.
It is natural for snakes to avoid any forms of interaction so if you ever encounter one, better to give it space to retreat.
Also if you are going out where snakes may be present, wear boots, long pants, and leather gloves. Warm weather are the times when snake are most active so refrain from going out to the wild at those times.
We hope we have educated you well enough! Don’t forget to share it so many can be inform on the things to do in case of snakebites.