Facts and Myths about Snake Bites

Find out when a snake bite is worthy of worry.

Sure many people find snakes frightening, but when should you be truly scared of a snake bite? It's important to separate myth from fact in order to know.

Myth: Snakes are out to bite.
The truth is, most snakes will shy away from people and will only bite if they feel they're in danger.

Fact: Some snake bites are medical emergencies.
While most snake bites are harmless, a bite from a poisonous snake such as the cobra, copperhead, coral, cottonmouth or rattlesnake found in Texas can be deadly. If you're bitten by one of these snakes, call 911 for immediate medical attention.

Myth: You'll always experience harmful symptoms immediately.
In fact, depending on the type of snake, it can sometimes take hours for symptoms such as blurred vision, difficulty breathing and pain to surface. It's important to seek immediate treatment for a poisonous bite regardless of symptoms.

Fact: First aid for snake bites can be different than for cuts or other injuries.
Things you don't want to do in the instance of a snake bite include apply a cold compress or tourniquet, or take pain medication.

Myth: You have to be a snake expert to know which are poisonous.
You don't need to be an expert, you can contact an expert 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.

If you believe you or someone you're with has been bitten by a poisonous snake, call 911 immediately. Medical Center of Lewisville's Emergency Services offers the help of a high-tech facility staffed with highly trained medical specialists. If you would like to find a doctor to speak with, please call 855-880-4MCL (4625) for a physician referral.

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