5 THINGS TO KNOW: What to do after being snakebitten

Submitted photoDr. Karen Siren with the McAlester Regional Health Center offers advice in case of a snakebite.

Dr. Karen Siren with the McAlester Regional Health Center offers advice in case of a snakebite.

1 What is the first thing to do if you have been bitten by a snake?

Stay calm, try to keep the bite below your heart if possible, and seek medical attention.

2 How can you prevent the spread of venom, and is sucking venom out of the wound effective?

It is not safe or effective to attempt to suck venom out of the wound.

3 Should you use a tourniquet after receiving a snakebite?

You should not attempt to tourniquet the area.

4 How long does it take venom to travel throughout the body and how long can it remain?

If there is envenomation, it can stay in your body for 24 to 48 hours, possibly even longer.

5 What is the most important thing to remember if you are bitten by a snake?

Stay calm, and seek help from medical professionals.