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What to do if you're bitten by a snake

What to do if you're bitten by a snake
You should:

Sit down and stay calm
Gently wash the area with warm, soapy water
Remove any jewelry or tight clothing near the bite site
Keep the bitten area still, if possible, and raise it to heart level
Call the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222
If a snake bite victim is having chest pain, difficulty breathing, face swelling or has lost consciousness, call 911 immediately

You should not:

Cut the bitten area to try to drain the venom - this can worsen the injury
Ice the area, because it can cause additional tissue damage
Make and apply a tourniquet or any tight bandage, because it's better for the venom to flow through the body than for it to stay in one area
Suck or use a suction device to remove the venom
Attempt to catch or kill the snake involved

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