Take note of the snake that bit you.

ER & First Aid

In the event of a snakebite, stay calm and call 9-1-1. Take note of any distinguishing markings that will help identify what kind of snake bit you. This can help doctors treat the wound.

Don’t put ice on the bite or use a tourniquet. Studies show these can make things worse.

Try to keep the wound below heart level while waiting for emergency care, and remove all jewelry right away. If the bite leads to swelling, jewelry can restrict blood flow.

Signs of a snakebite can include two puncture marks, vomiting, severe pain, numbness and blurry vision.

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