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What NOT to do if Bitten by a Venomous Snake

According to the Centers For Disease Control, in case of a snakebite;

DON'T
  • Don't cut the wound - This almost always causes more damage than it's worth.
  • Don't use a tourniquet - This isolates the venom in a small area and causes the digestive enzymes in the venom to concentrate the damage.
  • Don't use alcohol orally - it speeds the heart and blood flow and reduces the body's counter-acting ability.
  • Don't use ice - Freezing the stricken limb has been found to be a major factor leading to amputation.
  • Source: Centers For Disease Control, http://www.cdc.gov

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