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If you live around poisonous snakes, the chances are they are a lot closer than you realize. They could be up under your home or under your shed. For the most part, if you leave these snakes alone, they will return the favor.
In pretty rare instances people get bit by these poisonous snakes. It can be the fault of the human or the fault of the snake.
Maybe you reach under something outside and instead of finding what you were looking for you find the fangs of a copperhead. Or maybe you spend a night in the mountains and during the cool night a diamondback cuddles up under your tent and when you roll over on it bites you.
Do you know what to do if you or someone you love is bit by a snake?
The old line about cutting a cross in the bite and sucking the wound is as laughable as it gets! You cannot beat the fangs. They inject poison into the bloodstream and then it’s off to the races.
- Step one is to call for help.
- Step two is to try and identify the snake that bit you.
- The next step is to leave the bite alone! Don’t agitate it.
- Finally, stay calm and still. The extent of the damage is based on your increased heart rate and how much venom can get around your body.
- Drink plenty of fluids if you cannot get medical attention and stay calm. In most cases, your body will deal with the venom. It won’t be fun.
The most important part of this whole process is to get to a doctor so you can get the anti-venom. That is the only way you can affect the venom. Otherwise, you are just waiting out pain and devastating effects.