Snake bites

We are spending a lot of time outside and that means you need to be aware of your surroundings. In this week's Neighborhood Health Watch we show you what to do if you are bit by a snake.

It sounds scary but, according to Sheena Keene, bites from cottonmouth and copperhead snakes are a real threat.

Symptoms localized bruising, swelling,  nausea, rapid heart beat and rapid breathing.

If at all possible, avoid areas where snakes have been seen.

Patients  who are bitten by snakes should receive immediate medical attention. Do not use a tourniquet, do not try to open the wound and do not try to suction the area by mouth or by device.

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