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Snakebite Emergency: First-Aid Information
allow bite to bleed freely for one minute
remove constrictive clothing, shoes, watch or rings
cleanse/disinfect bite thoroughly if possible for 30 seconds
apply hard direct pressure with gauze pad over bite area
strap pad tightly in place with adhesive tape
soak gauze pad w/BETADINE if possible before application
wrap affected extremity with 2"-3" elastic bandaging
wrap as tightly as one would for a sprain
keep affected extremity positioned at or as close to heart level as possible
immobilize affected extremity; use a splint if possible
get medical attention as soon as possible. In India, anti snake venom serum is available at most public hospitals.
identify (and/or kill & bring) offending species of snake ONLY if safe to do so
Don't eat or drink anything
Don't engage in strenuous physical activity
Don't cut or incise bite marks; do not apply oral suction to bite
Don't take alcoholic beverage or any medication
Don't delay seeking medical attention
Don't apply cold or hot packs or a constrictive tourniquet
Don't apply electric shock of any kind
Do not remove dressings/elastic wrap until arrival at hospital
Snakes and common misbeliefs
Snake means death! It is amazing to find foolish and utterly absurd misbeliefs like this and many more about this misjudged creature. Compelling folklores,stories, myths and legends have us convinced. Below are the some common beliefs about snakes.

It is totally eroneous to believe that snake bites can be cured by mantras, mantriks,magic spells roots and herbs.Do you know that in our country about 25,000 people die playing fools to such beliefs? Anti-Venom is the only cure for the snake bite! The other remedies are useful to relieve fear and treat shock, but should never be substituted for or interfere with the anti-venom treatment. Snake bites are cured only when timely...

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