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What Do You Recommend For Rattlesnake Bite
Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes of the genera crotalus and sistrurus of the subfamily crotalinae ("pit vipers"). There are 32 known species of rattlesnake, with between 65-70 subspecies, all native to the americas, ranging from southern alberta and southern british columbia in ...Read more
Go to hospital: There is only one effective treatment for rattlesnake envenomation and that is "antivenom" which will be given to you, if needed, in your local emergency dept.. Do not cut your bite, try to extract venom, do not use electricity or a tight tourniquet, do not get bitten again trying to catch the snake! note that many (up to 50%) bites are "dry", calm transport to ed for evaluation indicated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Most spider bite are like other insect bites and may hurt at first but afterward, like with any break in the skin, infection needs to be watched for. So cleaning is best. Some are dangerous like the well known widow and recluse bites in the usa, but there are other less known species that can cause problems like the recluse too. Generally, watch the bite and if concerned, see a physician. ...Read more
These don't need Rx.: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator & apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes & has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste & place it over the mosquito bite. Can use calamine lotion. If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The Rattlesnake has: The deadliest venom of pit viper family in the us. If bitten stay calm. Identify snake if possible. Don't cut skin, use ice or apply tight tourniquet. Can use venom extractor within 5 min (but it's effectiveness has been questioned). Don't run – walk / be carried to a vehicle. Call 911. Have someone at scene transport you to er. Can clean wound w soap & water. Antivenin is available at many er's. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wound care/dog issue: Wash the wound out wit copious amounts of water & antiseptic soap, apply abx ointment, note your own tetanus status. If the wound penetrated any web space in your hand see a dr. Verify the dogs rabies status, if not current, impound it.Many locals require dog bites be reported to the sheriff if not your family dog.Local authorities can provide rabies information if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on symptoms: Some sources say a hobo spider bite is like a typical bug bite while other sources say there are bigger symptoms and some dead skin at the bite site (like with a brown recluse). Some sources believe there are too many cases of mistaken identity with hobo spiders, so it's not known if real hobo spider bites are that bad at all. A doctor can evaluate, if the bite is any worse than a simple bug bite. ...Read more
Depends: Most spiders can cause local reactions with redness, swelling and warmth without pain but with itch like mosquitos, but others can cause more severe issues and these would be determined by the type of spider bite. In general, treat the wound with cleaning, an observation for any secondary infection. Then for inflammation and itch, you can use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) oral or cream and Hydrocortisone 1% cream. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends what is: going on. most are like other insect bites. irritation pain swelling and pain. most heal without problems. others become infected requiring wound care and antibiotics. wash with soap and water. keep clean and observe. take benadryl (diphenhydramine) as needed. if things worsen to ER to see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not for home Rx: See your dentist! treatment includes antibiotic, drainage if there is an abscess, root canal if the nerve is involved, extraction if necessary. Infection of the teeth is serious, painful, and can lead to much more serious infection (remember, your teeth are sitting quite close to an important structure involving thinking and memory!). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Information: If the bite is from a non venemous spider, it should takd about three weeks. If the spider is venemous, it depends on the degree of envenomation of the tissue. If the bite develops a dark black center, it may reqire surgery to remove it and alow healing to occur. Spider venom can stay in the tissue a long time. ...Read more
Spider bites: Seek medical care asap if you think a spider bit you & you have fever, severe pain (can be felt at bite site & possibly chest, back or abdomen); abdominal cramping /rigidness or ulceration of skin at site. You may need a tetanus shot (if you don't know when your last shot was or it has been > 10 years). Also medical care if you develop signs of secondary infection. ...Read more
It will heal.: My father used to say, "bite it back!" which wasn't particularly helpful. If it's only one bite, leave it alone, it will heal. If it gets red and sore, it might be getting infected; see your doctor. ...Read more
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