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What are effects of a rattlesnake bite?

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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice
5 doctors agree

In brief: Pain, swelling

25% of rattlesnake bites are dry (no venom), however the symptoms of envenomation may be delayed so it best to get to hospital right away.
The 'bite effects' are pain, swelling, bleeding and blood/bleeding disorders. Antivenom is the only antidote. Approximately 8, 000 people a year receive venomous snakebites in the U.S., only 9-15 victims die.

In brief: Pain, swelling

25% of rattlesnake bites are dry (no venom), however the symptoms of envenomation may be delayed so it best to get to hospital right away.
The 'bite effects' are pain, swelling, bleeding and blood/bleeding disorders. Antivenom is the only antidote. Approximately 8, 000 people a year receive venomous snakebites in the U.S., only 9-15 victims die.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Serious

Rattlesnake bites can cause swelling & severe pain in area of bite.
The person may having bleeding, bruising, numbness, tingling, weakness, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate, a metallic taste in mouth, bleeding disorder & confusion. In some cases death may occur.

In brief: Serious

Rattlesnake bites can cause swelling & severe pain in area of bite.
The person may having bleeding, bruising, numbness, tingling, weakness, nausea, vomiting, fast heart rate, a metallic taste in mouth, bleeding disorder & confusion. In some cases death may occur.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics

In brief: See below

The percentage of "dry" bites varies depending on which source you follow and ranges from 10 to 25%.
Nevertheless, the main point is, if you are bitten, get to an er asap as the effects can occur very quickly and will depend on the severity of the bite and whether it was dry or not.

In brief: See below

The percentage of "dry" bites varies depending on which source you follow and ranges from 10 to 25%.
Nevertheless, the main point is, if you are bitten, get to an er asap as the effects can occur very quickly and will depend on the severity of the bite and whether it was dry or not.
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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