How to Treat a Snake Bite

I’ve enjoyed most of the Rambo movies but there’s one scene that sticks in my mind, and has been parodied in the movie Hot Shots Part Deux! very well.

Yeah, it has to do with Rambo protecting himself from a snakebite. Unfortunately, not all of us can be like this reel-life icon as depicted in the tough guy one-man-army movies, and are susceptible to a snakebite especially if we are out in the jungle and on our own – with no prior experience.

In more cases than not, it becomes evident that you will not be able to escape the venom of a snake especially since it will catch you unawares with its speed and precision.

And since a snakebite is life-threatening, this means that you have to take steps to save yourself until you are able to find a hospital or even be able to find someone who can help you with a lasting cure.

Types of Snakebites
Usually there are two types of snakebites: venomous and non-venomous.

However, it is difficult for you to determine whether it is a venomous snakebite or not unless you use a particular method that will demonstrated in a video that you will find as a summary.

(Hint: It involves looking into the snake’s eyes… no fibbing here!)

Even though non-venomous snakebites are not life-threatening, they can be extremely painful for the person who has been bitten and can lead to infection later.

So you have ensure that you disinfect the wound with soap and water while also applying a disinfectant. Bandage it well so that any later infection is prevented. Remember to stay calm at all times…

How to treat a snakebite of the poisonous variety
So here are a few steps that you MUST keep in mind when dealing with a venomous snakebite:
Step #1: Get yourself or the person bitten away from the snake to prevent any additional snake bites.

Step #2: One important symptom of a venomous snakebite is the fact that the area swells up rapidly and severely. Ensure that you remove any constrictive clothing such as jewelry or clothing from the affected area.

Step #3: Ensure that the person rests as high activity increases blood flow, and the poison can spread faster throughout the body.

Step #4: Clean the wound with soap and water, and ensure that you tie a tight elastic bandage around the affected area so that you prevent blood from flowing to the heart but allowing blood to flow throughout the body from the heart.

Step #5: Very important, use a splint to restrict movement (to stop blood to the heart in doing this) of the affected area, especially since your legs are most susceptible to snakebites. Ensure that the level of affected area is kept below the heart even when in a resting position.

Step #6: Ensure that the victim is calm at all times, and if possible, give him or her to fluids to drink if they are conscious.

In Closing
Now watch this funny but information video which details out the steps by which you should treat a venomous snakebite especially if you are out.

Remember, as always, prevention is better than cure!

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  • wapitihunter

    Whatever bleeding heart. Advice like that can kill people. Grow up or go find a titty and cry somewhere else.

  • Jr1776

    Slimey little rascals !

  • Evan Seelye

    I love it when told to “remain calm”! (yeah – right!). Almost got nailed by a rattlesnake – heard that unmistakable “Buzzz” and did a “straight-up” 12 ft. standing high jump! (LOL) Didn’t get bit, but it took almost 3 hrs for my heart rate to get back down to normal! That was even after killing the snake! Stay calm… right… after having the bejeepers scared out of you ?!?!?

  • Attilathehun

    We have all been bitten by a snake in the grass. The best antidote is to support Trump.

  • Troy Lundstrom

    You can use a Tip from a Archaeologist who works in the Deep Asian Jungle, they carry a Electric Stun gun, and literally Zap the bite effectively cooking and eliminating the effect of the poison. As weird as this sounds I seen it work on for A 2 week old Festering Spider bite which started healing with in hours of a 2 second Zap. It was a Brown Recluse Spider bite.

  • John D

    Is there any other kind?

  • COL Bullseye

    Thank GOD, Trump has the Anti-venom–TRUTH!!!

  • COL Bullseye

    Don’t worry–the old worn-out biotche’ can’t hurt you with her dentures!

  • COL Bullseye

    They’ll hang, too!

  • COL Bullseye

    You mean “Lie-beral?”

  • COL Bullseye

    …and “gender” instead of “sex.” Dumbass DemoCraps.

  • COL Bullseye

    Hey PsychoBabble–you just admitted your ignorance of not knowing (the MEANING of “ignorance”) how to use the correct verbiage. It’s in the book! Read it!

  • COL Bullseye

    I had my “old wife’s tail” this morning.

  • COL Bullseye

    Ohhhh-Tayyyy! (das da way Butwheat usa say it!)

  • COL Bullseye

    Really, all your “Medical” training did not teach you there is no such thing as a “poisonous” snake? They BITE you, they don’t jump down your throat and “poison” you!!! Gees–you must have gone to a Libtard college.

  • Snake

    So exactly what does being a “self-professed” weapons expert have to do with this conversation? Considering that my military background will trump yours 100 fold! (22 years Special Forces – 180A/18B/18F/18E, magnaflux tech for Raytheon and weapon repair contractor for 18ABN Corp —- I’M far from being an average gun owner!!).
    It is you that insists on acceleration this to a pissing contest because you can’t accept the facts because it bucks your precious opinion. “Fairly well versed” means NOTHING when confronted with the facts!

    To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.

  • Snake

    And yet after reading some of your other posts on other sites, YOU corrected individuals on what they said as being false or complained about the media telling a lie, hypocrite much?!!!!!
    There are people who will read these comments and actually LEARN something that had been told wrong their whole life.
    It’s better for people to think you’re a fool then to open your mouth and remove all doubt!

  • Billy Wages

    The only cure for a vicious bite from a liberal is prayer and a good education.

  • KDC

    That’s a good one….lol!

  • KDC

    You can’t always look for a round eye and say they aren’t venomous. The black mamba has a round eye. It’s deadly poisonous.

  • AKLady

    Please increase your reading comprehension.
    Putting words in other people’s mouths is no different than lying.

  • OneGodOneTruth

    lol how this turns into a anti demo rant makes me laugh

  • William Matthew Lee

    Round eyes good guys, eyes slit? Run from it! Copper heads are the least dangerous of the vipers in America. The poison is not as potent as the others. Rattle snakes kill more people than all,the rest of thesnakes. Water moccasins are more aggressive ( down right mean ) coral snakes don’t have fangs and need to chew plus they tend to be more docile but are more poisonous than the rest. Potent neurotoxin. Worst snakes in America live in D.C.

  • Frank K

    Yeah, like other BS promise, if you need your anti venom, you can keep your anti venom. Fake promise.

  • RickInAriz

    You’re just damn lucky, Robert! Them’s the wurst kinda snakes, them Demoncrats. Even if they don’t bite yuh, but just breathe in yur direction, yu’ll prolly get sorta sick.

    And, for sure, don’t be out playin’ baseball and think yur safe, neither. They’s viscous critters, them Demoncrats. Don’t recon fishin’s any safer, neither, but they ain’t shot anybody just fishin’ . . . yet, anyways.

  • m1a0n3u0e1l2

    You have a lot of idiotic nerves to mention the word “lie”, when you have now in the White House the biggest, inconsequent, disgraceful, opprobrious and low-class biggest liar.

  • m1a0n3u0e1l2

    Your putrid sense o humor is going to drag your opprobrious soul directly to hell.

  • scott

    You wanna know whose going to populate Hell? All of you Left Wing Fascist, truth hating, God hating, reprobate minded vermin who have made it your life’s duty to destroy America, the Constitution, Judaism, Christianity, and Godly morality.
    You are Satan’s representatives on this Earth. You will get to enjoy the same Eternity your Master does, in the near future.

  • scott

    Frank, you know why the copperhead was in your driveway?
    He was crawling down Copperhead Road! LOL! 🙂

  • scott

    I’m not sure if I want the details of this incident LOL! 😉

  • Kimber

    I love reading the comments.

  • The problem with a demoncrat bite is that it is not poisonous, it is infectious more like rabies. oops you wrote that 2 years ago…

  • Ray Sutton

    You must be thinking of that lying lousy african born scum bag. Well he is out and now we have a REAL American President.

  • Frank Staples

    What is up with you dude? Just how the hell would you know what my military experience is, huh? I got out with the rank of “Sgt.” and if you went through the Q Course then it is likely that I helped train you and your big mouth. I spent over twenty years as civilian auxiliary to the SF with the 1st Special Warfare Training Group ( Airborne ) and received the Commander’s Award and a couple of Certificates of Appreciation. I put four years and three months on active duty during the VN conflict. I’ve also been a fireman for about twenty seven years now. And yes, I’m well versed on firearms. Get off your high horse and see if you can carry on a normal conversation about anything.

  • Frank Staples

    That may be but he sure beat the hell out of your lying female criminal…you know, slick hilly!!

  • VieteranGunsmith

    Good thing, you might have joined the ranks of the Brainless Un-Dead if not for that escape!

  • VieteranGunsmith

    And you are okay with that witch? She is not only the embodiment of an astounding liar, manipulative deceiver, narcissist, and many other negative personality traits, but she is incompetent as well. She thinks she is above the law, cannot be prosecuted for her many crimes of malfeasance and perjury but she is also the biggest hypocrite on earth, but you seem to be running a close second.
    Your problem is there has been no trail of bodies, no crimes, no massive destruction of government documents, no private appropriation of those documents on an unsecured server, no deliberate deception to cover up incompetent decisions and no lack of leadership in Trump’s case.
    It seems that in this battle of wits, you have come unarmed.

  • VieteranGunsmith

    Thanks Scott, now I have that Steve Earle song in my head!!! It could be worse, you could have said The Snake…by Al Wilson.

  • VieteranGunsmith

    I have a question for you. There is a small venomous snake in southeast Asia called the bamboo viper. I worked with dog handlers on patrol in chu chi for a while as medic for man and dog alike. The enemy would put these snakes in the tunnels near the ceiling with their tails tied to a horizontal stick that spanned the upper part of the tunnel. The snakes hung down to the level of the forehead if you were crawling around in the tunnel. I saw two “tunnel rats” who got bitten by bamboo vipers, in the forehead and near the eye brows.
    There is no tourniquet that you can apply to the head. The only treatment we had for this was to stabilize the patient and get them medevac by air. We didn’t have cold packs, no quick clot, just sulfa powder and morphine syrettes and IV bags of NS we could use for lavage. I do not know the outcome of these individuals bites, but I am certain that scarring was routine as the venom did damage tissue.
    My question is what do you do for a bite not in a location where tourniquet is possible or advisable? We were instructed by medical instructors, known as doctors, to use a tourniquet on snake bite to impede the flow of venom in the bloodstream. That was the protocol in Vietnam. I consider their knowledge to be of the highest value as we were being trained at Walter Reed, where only the best become instructors. This was the highest level of quality training for venomous bite treatment at the time.
    Cobra bites were rare, and many times because their fangs are in the back of the mouth near the jaw hinge they had to hold on and chew to inject the victim. You can avoid being poisoned by getting the snake off of the body rapidly, I know of one case where a person was bitten by a king cobra and he grabbed the snake below the head and ripped it off of his forearm and threw it as far as he could. The resulting wound was pretty ugly but he was not envenomed and was successfully treated with antibiotics. I know because I was the medic that treated him, using the protocol developed at Walter Reed and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.

  • VieteranGunsmith

    Any vessel restricting device applied externally IS a tourniquet – The rubber strap that the phlebotomist uses to engorge veins prior to blood draw is a tourniquet. Any cordage, strap or other narrow strip of material can be a tourniquet with or without a mechanical means to tighten it or hold it under tension.
    I suppose you and wapitihunter think a tourniquet has to be one of those manufactured devices with a lever and loop to keep it tensioned. Surgical tourniquets use a 1/4 inch round rubber cord and a cam clamping device to constrict and maintain pressure. That is the kind of tourniquet we had in our kit for use in snake bite cases because it was better to stop all fluid circulation in the limb and risk amputation than allowing the envenomed blood or lymph to flow and reach the heart or CNS. Better to have the patient survive than be dead and intact.

  • Snake

    Technically you are right AND wrong! A tourniquet is a device that can be tightened to completely arrest blood flow – French, derivative of tourner to turn – mainly designed to prevent blood loss! A restricting band is nothing more than an elastic band or cord that slows or restricts blood flow but does NOT stop it! True, some restricting bands can act as a tourniquet by adding a tightening device and most tourniquets can be used as a restricting band by loosening them. This is NOT 1965 Vietnam, and it is unlikely that individuals today don’t possess the ability to contact emergency personnel. The example you give for using a tourniquet is in a very extreme instance, like in a war zone where medical attention may not be available for many hours AND where the snake is likely to be far more venomous than the pit vipers in the US. There is also a big difference in the way a neurotoxic bite is treated vs a hemotoxic bite!

  • VieteranGunsmith

    Whether the venom type is neuro or hemotoxic keeping the wound an envenomed area isolated is vital to prevent fatality. I never implied that medical treatment has not improved since 1965. I am just relating my personal experience with the subject. I have not worked with emergency service medicine for decades, but the basic principles from then will still save life, and I can vouch for that because I applied those in the field and my patients lived to tell about it. I don’t know if there was a need for further treatment or even amputation as I only got to visit them in a field hospital 24 hours post evac, but I can tell you that any measure that hinders fluid movement from the bite will keep a person alive.

    As to relying on emergency medical services, last Martin Luther King day I took my dog out for a walk and the weather was quite cold and raining. I have an aluminum decked ramp from my door to the driveway where I take him out daily, and at the last few feet there was a layer of black ice. As soon as I stepped on it I went down hard onto my back. It was raining, I was on a layer of ice on a metal walkway, and I had to call 911 from my cell phone. They did not arrive for 30 minutes, by which time I was hypothermic, and unable to speak in more than four words at a time. It took me three hours to warm up to normal temperature. Sure, EMS came to my aid, but in those conditions thirty minutes was really too long, and had I been in worse medical condition I would probably not be writing this now. People should still work to be as self reliant as possible. When you put all of your welfare in the hands of others you are taking a chance that you might not live long enough for help to arrive.

    The main reason I responded to this thread in the first place was the troll behavior that was displayed by some regarding another poster whose knowledge may not be up to date, but is none the less supported by experience. There have been many advances in medical treatment since Vietnam, but what kills you dead back then will still do the job today. The basic first aid for venomous bites has not changed that much in 40 years, and AKLady2015 did not write anything in her posts that would get a person killed. I think the harshness of the replies to her was uncalled for, and there are more diplomatic ways of informing than what these guys did to her. I really think the political venom was more toxic than that which we are speaking of.

    People need to ratchet back a bit on the personal negative comments to one another. No one listens to screamers and treats them with any degree of seriousness. I think the anonymity of the internet encourages the worst behavior in some people, and I present this exchange as evidence. Joking about politics and making fun of opponent views is entertaining until it becomes an unending drone of noise that serves no other purpose but to demean.

  • wapitihunter

    Well. My training and recent refreshers is that you never place a tourniquet on anything except a laceration or wound that would cause the patient to bleed out. If u do there is about a 99% chance the patient will loose their limb. A constricting band can be considered but care should also be used. There is not much more that can be done but to stabilize the pt and use cold packs with care as to not inflict frostbite and transport the pt to advanced life support facilities. Suction can be used at the bite if proper suction can be provided to not ingest the venom. Do not cut the wound either. EMS is trained to do no further harm and we must participate in refresher training every year.

  • VieteranGunsmith

    The most current protocol is to let the bite bleed some in order to flush out the venom somewhat, but you shouldn’t leave it un-treated for more than a few minutes. Another thing is you shouldn’t apply suction with your mouth, unless you want two venom victims. After it has bled out for a while, a pressure dressing is called for while in transit to emergency care. When I was a boy scout they encouraged the use of constriction between the bite and the rest of the body, and the use of a Cutter snake bite kit. Now, the only part of the kit that seems acceptable is the use of one of the suction cups that make up the case for the kit. Times and treatment techniques change. I’ve never suffered a snake bite but I did get stung by a scorpion in Texas when I was 12, and it was very unpleasant. A friend and I were turning over flat limestone rocks in a field near his house. Not thinking that something bad could happen, I grabbed one and instantly felt a sharp pain in the corner of my right thumb. Within minutes my thumb swelled up to the size of a golf ball, got hot, painful and I began to get pale and felt very ill. We saw a small white scorpion scurry away as my thumb began to throb in time with my pulse. My friend and I went to his house, and his mother called mine and we met at the ER. I don’t recall much after that, perhaps I was sedated, but for two days I felt absolutely the most ill I have ever felt. I know IV fluids were used but I don’t recall what or how much. I spent that night in observation and was released the next day. It took about a week before I felt OK and my the swelling in my thumb gradually abated.
    That is as close to a venomous bite as I ever want to get.

  • wapitihunter

    You are correct on the protocol for treatment of a venomous snake bites. I have treated a few. I have seen bites where I believe no venom was injected, and I have seen where some was injected and one where the pt got the whole load I believe or the pt had a severe reaction. I have seen the wounds bleed and some that bled very little. If there is bleeding it should be controlled. You have to use judgement as to the proper dressing. Keep the area clean. Apply cold packs or ice. What you said about suction is also true. You don’t want to ingest the venom nor want it to be absorbed. Keep the pt calm and transport to the nearest healthcare facility as soon as possible.
    I am allergic to wasp and bee stings. I keep Benadryl close. I have an epinephrine pen but the self life is not very long. I have been stung many times by scorpions many times. Each person has a different reaction to different things, the same with drugs. Just as people have a different tolerance to pain.