Category : Animal Bite

Animal Bite Hand Snakebite

What to Do After a Snakebite

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by John M. Erickson, MD

The majority of snakes in the United States are non-venomous. These snakes are not dangerous to humans. The two main families of venomous snakes include the Viperidea and Elapidae families. The Copperhead, Cottonmouth (often called “water moccasins”) and rattlesnakes are examples of pit vipers in the Viperidea Family. Pit Vipers make up approximately 98% of the venomous snake bites in the United States. The coral snake is the only snake in the Elapidae Family native to the United States, and it is much less common than pit vipers.

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Animal Bite Hand Infection

Random Fact: Animal Bites

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Did you know? Dog bites are the most common type of animal bite, but cat bites cause more infections. Learn more about animal bites and how to treat them.

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Animal Bite Hand

8 signs of an infected animal bite

Animal bites of the hand are more likely to become infected than other parts of the body. Spot an infection – which can result in surgeries, amputations or even death – by watching for these signs:

  1. Increased redness and pain around the bite
  2. Difficulty moving the body part
  3. Drainage
  4. Swelling
  5. Development of an abscess (a bump full of puss or debris)
  6. Red streaks going up the arm
  7. Enlarged lymphnodes
  8. Fever

Reduce your risk of infection by visiting a doctor immediately after an animal bite, regardless of whether you are experiencing any problematic symptoms. Dog and cat bites are the most common animal bites. Learning how to prevent and treat these injuries is important. Here are some tips:

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