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What first aid should be given to someone with snake bite?

According to mayoclinic.org:

  • Try to remember the snake's color and shape so that you can describe it to the doctor. Identifying the type of snake will help in treatment of the snakebite.
  • Don't drink caffeine or alcohol because that can speed up the body's absorption of snake venom.
  • Immediately remove tight clothing and jewelry before your body starts to swell.
  • Don't cut the snakebite wound or make an attempt to remove the venom. Clean the snakebite wound, but don't flush it with water. Cover the wound with a clean, dry dressing. Don't use a tourniquet or apply ice to the wound.
  • If possible position the snakebite victim so that the bite is at or below the level of the victim's heart.

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-snake-bites/basics/art-20056681


It depends on the type of snake. Some snakes are very venomous so you need the antivenom to reverse the affects of the poison. Other snakes you can tie up the affected area and suck the poison out. Best to go to hospital though and get it checked out but try and find what snake it was as that will help in the recovery.