Bitten by a Snake Treatment
Treatment of snakebite depends on whether or not the snake is venomous. General treatment for snakebite may include wound care, intravenous fluids, and tetanus vaccination. Antivenin is the only effective treatment for a venomous snakebite.
Snakebite antivenin types include:
- Pit viper antivenin:
- Crotalidae polyvalent antivenin (CroFab)
- Coral snake antivenin
Additional treatment for snakebite may include:
- Wound care for a snakebite
- Antibiotics for snakebite:
- Intravenous fluids
- For venomous snakebites
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Tetanus immunization
- Fasciotomy is performed in severe venomous snakebites where there is evidence for compartment syndrome.
Bitten by a Snake Questions For Doctor
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk of another snakebite?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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