Things you need to do when you peck a snake
When pecked by a snake, you need to know what steps need to be taken to overcome it. The aim is to slow down the spread of snake venom in the body, which can be fatal.
Snake bites not only cause pain, but can also cause the bitten area to swell. Even if you don’t get the right treatment right away, a poisonous snake bite can be life threatening.
Do This if Snapped by a Snake
When pecked by a snake, you should immediately get medical attention, especially if the pecked area changes color, swells, or feels very painful.
Handling needs to be done immediately, because some snakes can contain neurotoxins, hemotoxins, cytotoxins, and cardiotoxins, which can endanger your health and even your life.
The following are some of the things you need to do while waiting for help from a medical officer or before you arrive at the hospital:
Try to be calm.
Remember carefully the shape of the snake that bit you.
Don’t move too much. Minimize movement, especially on parts of the body that a snake pecks, to avoid poison spreading to other body parts.
Remove accessories or tight clothing immediately in the bite area to avoid swelling.
Clean the wound, but do not flush the wound with water. After cleaning, cover the area with a bandage or a dry, clean cloth.
Put a bandage on the area of the body that the snake pecked, using a large elastic bandage that is 10-15cm wide.
Then back from the area below the snake bite location, to pass through the snake bite area.
If there is no elastic bandage, use cloth or other elastic clothing material.
If possible, perform the action on the area of the body that the snake pecked. Use a stick or sturdy wood as a splint, then tie it tight so that the body parts don’t move (immobilize).
Lie down and don’t move much until medical help arrives.
In the meantime, avoid doing the following:
Snake venom can poison.
Cut or cut the bite area.
Attach ice, something warm, rubbing oil, or chemicals to the wound area.
Sorting the part that the snake pecked.
Drink caffeine or alcohol. Both of these drinks can accelerate the absorption of snake poison by the body.
Move the snake-pecked limb.
Medical Treatment that Needs to be Done After a Snake Pecked
After you arrive at the hospital, the medical team will immediately evaluate the snake bite wound and your general health condition, then provide appropriate treatment.
Whether or not the snake bite is dangerous depends on the age, type of snake, location of the bite, and your overall health condition. If the snake bite you are experiencing is harmless, the doctor will clean the bite wound area and give you a tetanus vaccine.
But if it is dangerous, the doctor will give anti-snake venom serum, which is a substance that can ward off snake venom specifically. That is why you need to remember the characteristics of the snake that bit you.
The recovery process after being pecked by a snake depends on the type of snake that is biting. In adults, recovery usually takes more than three weeks. While in children, about 1-2 weeks.
During the recovery period, the snake bite area may still be swollen and painful. However, this can be alleviated by taking anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers given by doctors.