How to Survive a Snake Bite


    How to Survive a Snake Bite

  • 1 Sucking the venom won't work

    Sucking the venom is a popular myth that doesn't really work. In addition, it can result in letting some of the venom get inside your mouth.

  • 2 Don't use a tourniquet

    According to snake experts, using a tourniquet can do more harm than good.

  • 3 Stay calm

    Many of the complications of snake bites happen as a result of the panic the person experiences after getting bitten. It's very important to stay as calm as you can and to restrict movement.

  • 4 Keep the area of the bite below the heart

    Keeping the area of the bite below the heart can prevent the venom from reaching the heart and causing further problems. If you are bitten on your forearm, for example, then keep it at a low position. See also what a snake bite does to your body.

  • 5 Clean the wound

    Clean the wound and wrap it with a clean bandage. Having a first aid kid can be helpful in such a case.

  • 6 Restrict movement

    The snake venom can lower your blood pressure greatly, thus resulting in fainting. Sitting down in a safe place can help you prevent that and stay conscious.

  • 7 Do not drink caffeine or alchohol

    Alcohol and caffeine can worsen your condition. Avoid them completely until you are healed.

  • 8 Get the right anti-venom

    The only way to treat a snake bite for good is to get the proper anti-venom. Seek help fast and don't wait until the symptoms appear. See also what to do if a wolf approaches you.

  • 9 Don't drive to the hospital

    If it's possible to let someone else drive then do it. Snake bites can have a wide array of symptoms including blurred vision, hearing problems or temporary loss of vision.

  • 10 Keep the affected limb still

    According to Professor David Lalloo, of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, keeping the affected limb still can prevent the venom from circulating into the body or can slow it down. Using a splint is a good idea.

  • 11 Don't use snake-bite kits

    According to experts, snake-bite kits that give people tools to suck the venom out or make cuts in the wound don't work and can actually cause more harm than good.

  • 12 Don't make cuts in the wound

    The idea of making cuts around the wound to extract the venom is a popular myth and can cause more harm than good.

  • 13 Call Emergency Services

    If you've been bitten, call emergency services. Don't wait until symptoms appear, as it may be too late by that point. Even if you're in doubt about whether the snake is venomous, it's better to take the safe route!