Snakebite Treatment

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What to do in the event that the unlikely happens.
Knowing Poisonous Snakes

What should you do if you or someone you are with is bitten by a snake? If you are certain that it was a non-venomous snake, just wash the bite and surrounding area with soap and water and watch for signs of infection.

But poisonous snake bites are extremely serious and require immediate medical attention. Most sources agree on the following first-aid measures:

If bitten, don’t eat or drink anything (including alcoholic beverages or medicine), don’t apply ice to the area of the bite, don’t cut the bite area or apply a tourniquet, and never, ever try to suck the venom out with your mouth.