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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Can you die from non venomous snake bite?

Can you die from non venomous snake bite?

Infections: Snake bite from non-poisonous snake, like any other animal bite, may introduce microbes at the site of the bite that may cause disseminated infection, which if untreated may cause death. ...Read more

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Snake Bite (Definition)

Simply speaking: venomous bites are received from a species of snake that produces venom. There are grades of envenomation which are determined by the type of venomous snake biting and the severity of the symptoms caused by the venom. There are some bites that are "dry" - no venom injected. Dr. Sean bush from loma linda is an expert in this field and i ...Read more


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What do you recommend for non venomous snake bite?

What do you recommend for non venomous snake bite?

ER: Non-venomous snake bites can be very painful and at high risk for infection. Certainly cleaning the area with soap and water is the best first step. If any signs of infection develop (worsening pain, redness and swelling are the most common) then you should seek medical care. I am hoping you are certain the bite was from a non-venomous snake. ...Read more

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Is non venomous snake bite painful?

Is non venomous snake bite painful?

Can be: Non-venemous just means no toxic/dangerous substance from the snake going inside your dbody, but the punctures from the teeth can be painful in certain areas of the body--sensitive areas. Fortunately though, these are often small and only causes minor discomfort, escpecially if you have high pain tolerance.. Monitor for signs of infection...Swelling, redness, pain, puss etc... Check with your doc. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of non venomous snake bite?

What are the most common symptoms of non venomous snake bite?

Infection: More than likely infection of wound would be the result and also one should be up to date with tetanus as well. Definitely see a doctor though. ...Read more

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Can non venomous snake bite be cured?

Sure: If the snake is non venomous, there is nothing to do other than clean the wound and monitor for infection. Your tetanus shot needs to be up to date as well. Otherwise you can just let it ride. ...Read more

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How to treat a non-venomous snake bite?

How to treat a non-venomous snake bite?

Even if you are : Bitten by a snake that is not venomous it is important to have good wound care and to get a tetanus shot if needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Francine Yep
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Which treatment works the best and fastest for non venomous snake bite?

4 minute rinse: Rinse your wound well. Hold it under a running tap of lukewarm water fro 4 minutes. Watch a clock [it will seem like a long time. It's singing the alphabet song 8 times!]. You don't need antibacterial soap or hydrogen peroxide. Watch for infection signs: redness, increased pain, pus, tenderness/red streaks. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for non venomous snake bite?

What is the best treatment for non venomous snake bite?

Snake bite: Snake bite is a puncture wound & should be treated accordingly with wound irrigation, prophylaxis for potential infections, update on tetanus prophylaxis if not current. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment to get rid of non venomous snake bite?

What's the best treatment to get rid of non venomous snake bite?

Treat for infection: A nonvenomous bite should still be treated for infection and tetanus prophylaxis. Contact your doctor to be evaluated and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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