First aid treatment for a snakebite


A snake bite can be deadly and should be treated immediately even a bite from a harmless snake can still be deadly. The bite can lead to an allergic reaction or an infection if not carefully treated.
That explains why It is important for one to have knowledge of first aid treatment for snake bite. So what are the first aid treatment needed for a snake bite? The first aid treatments are listed below.
1.    Move the person away from where the incident happened.
2.     Keep calm and still as movement can cause the venom to travel more quickly through the body.
3.    Remove jewelry and tight clothing before you start to swell.
4.    If possible position yourself so that the bite is below the level of your heart.
5.    Don’t flush it with water but clean the wound. Take a clean cloth soaked in water and clean the wound gently but as thoroughly as possible. When the wound is clean, cover it with a clean cloth.
6.    Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol, which could speed the rate at which your body absorbs venom.
7.    Do not cut a bite wound or attempt to suck the venom
8.    Remove shoes if the leg or foot was bitten.
For non-venomous snake bites (which are less deadly) but should also be given first aid treatment. However, make sure the snake is non-venomous before treating it as one. Below are the first aid treatments for it.
•    Apply firm pressure to the wound with a bandage, this will prevent you from losing too much blood.
•    Clean the wound carefully. Wash the wound with clean water and soap for several minutes. Rinse the wound thoroughly with more water, then wash it again.
•    Clean the wound with an antibiotic ointment and then bandage the wound. This will help prevent infection.
Most importantly, make sure you go to the hospital for proper treatment.

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Temitope Ikusika



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