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Snake Bites


Snake Bites: Snake bites occur when a snake bites the skin. These bites are medical emergencies if the snake is poisonous. Snake bites can be deadly if not treated quickly. Children are at higher risk when bitten by a poisonous snake. The right anti-venom can save a person's life. Getting to an emergency room as quickly as possible is very important. If properly treated, many snake bites will not have serious effects.

Symptoms of snake bites
If an adder injects venom when it bites, it can cause serious symptoms including:
  •     pain, redness and swelling in the area of the bite
  •     nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting
  •     dizziness and fainting
A foreign snake that injects venom when it bites can also cause:
  •     extensive swelling, blistering and, eventually, gangrene in the area of the bite
  •     shock
  •     muscle paralysis (an inability to move one or more muscles of the body) leading to difficulties swallowing and breathing
  •     bleeding
Sometimes, venomous snakes can bite without injecting venom. This is called a ‘dry bite' causing only:
  •     mild pain (from the snake's teeth puncturing the skin)
  •     anxiety
Medical Emergency: If you are bitten by any snake, go to a hospital as quickly as possible. However in the meantime, use the following natural remedies as soon as you are bitten. These remedies do not replace the need for immediate medical attention, but will help to slow the poisonous symptoms of the snake bite.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 

Herbal Remedies:

Grapevine Leaves Plantain

Home Remedies:

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Vitamins & Supplements:

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