Bites Treatment

Important Information

Some bites by venomous creatures result in no venom being injected into the victim causing only minor irritation. However, because symptoms may be delayed, you should encourage the patient to seek professional medical follow up.

Persons bitten by a venomous snake or reptile may have the fang marks with pain, swelling and skin discolouration at the bite site; They may complain of weakness, nausea, difficulty breathing, speaking, swallowing, headache, blurred vision and tingling or numbness around the face and mouth; They may have a rapid pulse, fever, chills and may vomit

Insect bites usually result in pain, redness, itching and swelling at the site of the bite; Some patient's may experience delayed reactions such as fever, painful joints, hives and swollen glands

Treat any bite by a highly venomous creature, produces a deep wound, or alters the patient's breathing or consciousness level as a medical emergency and follow primary care procedures.

If possible, contact your local Poison Control Center (PCC) for directions while waiting for EMS to arrive.

For many venomous bites, use pressure immobilization to slow the spread of the venom.

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