If you are bitten by a snake in Thailand or anywhere in Southeast Asia, and you don’t KNOW that it is a non-venomous snake:
1. Find someone to help you get to the hospital immediately – don’t wait for symptoms and don’t drive yourself.
1155 – Tourist Police – English speaking; 191 – Thai police nationwide; 1669 – Ambulance nationwide; 1646 Bangkok ambulance.
If you have some time between when your ride leaves (like waiting for ambulance):
2. Clean wound with water. Be gentle, don’t scrub harshly.
3. Immediately apply a pressure bandage or wrap a piece of cloth around the bite as well as above and below the bite. Elastic wraps that you use for ankle sprains work well. Wrap it snugly, but you should still be able to put a finger under the bandage.
4. Stay as still as possible. Tell someone or write down what you can remember about the snake – color? thickness? pattern? Was it in a tree? On ground? Identifying the snake is very important so you get the right antivenin if one is needed.
5. Antivenin is given after you start to have symptoms, not before. Some bites are “dry bites” and inject no venom.
Caution… anti-venin (also called anti-venom) OFTEN causes severe allergic reaction. This allergic reaction can be deadly in some cases. Get good advice on the necessity of anti-venin before it is administered. The doctors should do a test to see if you’re allergic to it first before full-scale administration of anti-venin. Insist on it.
- Use a tourniquet
- Use ice over the wound
- Drink alcohol, food, or use aspirin – Paracetamol is OK for pain, better if you take nothing before going to the hospital.
- Use herbal remedies
Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, Thai Red Cross Society,
Bangkok, Thailand (662) 252-0161-4; firstname.lastname@example.org
Some information was collected from various what we think are legitimate sources of emergency information regarding snake bite.
If you want to dispute these steps – please send email to: email@example.com.
Once you identify the snake that bit you – here is some more information by snake name – scientific classification:
Here is the database listing venomous snakes by country: