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IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE FIRST AID FOR A SNAKEBITE IN THAILAND or MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, SINGAPORE, LAOS – READ BELOW…
- Ensure you are a safe distance from the snake that bit you. Remember key details – color, pattern, head shape.
- Call an ambulance or alert a friend or neighbor quickly that you have been bitten.
- Don’t panic. Between 30% to 50% of bites by venomous snakes contain very little or no venom.
- Keep the bitten area from moving. Do not use the muscles close to the bite, keep the area very still.
- Go to a large hospital quickly. Even if you don’t have immediate symptoms, it is better to reach a medical facility which can help as soon as possible. While most snakebite venom takes hours to cause considerable damage, some can act much faster. You should TREAT EVERY SNAKEBITE AS A VENOMOUS BITE, until you’ve been notified otherwise.
- If you are absolutely sure the snake that bit you was a COBRA, KING COBRA, KRAIT, or KEELBACK you must wrap the bitten limb starting with the lowest part of the limb and wrapping upward as far as possible. The tension in the wrap should be tight enough to compress the limb, and you should still be able to slide a finger under the bandage after wrapping. DO NOT MAKE A TOURNIQUET and stop all circulation. Wrap with a medical bandage, torn towel, or other material cut or ripped into strips.
- If you are absolutely sure the snake that bit you was a PIT VIPER – DO NOT WRAP OR TOUCH THE BITE SITE AT ALL.
- If you are not sure which snake bit you, don’t touch the bite site, just focus on reaching a hospital within 10 minutes.
If you begin to feel any of the following symptoms, begin wrapping the bite site:
- abdominal pain
- eyelids drooping
- difficulty breathing, swallowing, or speaking
8. Reach the hospital as soon as possible and describe or draw the snake if possible.
Initial First Aid Instructions for ELAPID BITES (Cobras, Kraits, Coral Snakes, and Keelbacks (colubrid))
Initial First Aid Instructions for NAJA GENUS COBRAS (Monocled, Equatorial Spitting, Siamese Spitting)
Initial First Aid Instructions for VIPER BITES (Siamese Viper, Green and Brown Pit Vipers)