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Emergency Medicine Snakebites By Larisa Feldman
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Frequency and Statistics Estimated number worldwide 2.5 million bites resulting in perhaps 125,000 deaths Estimated that 45,000 snake bites occur each year in the U.S. over 8,000 poisonous, resulting in an average of 10 deaths. The majority of bites in the U.S. occur in the southwestern states. Most frequently in the summer season. State of New York is a home of 17 species of snakes.
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Only three species are poisonous Copperhead Massasauga Timber rattlesnake
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Symptoms The most common symptom of all snakebites are panic, fear and emotional instability , which will cause: nausea vomiting diarrhea vertigo fainting tachycardia Dry bite may result in infection and anaphylaxis Other symptoms depend on type of the snake Local effect: pain, redness, swelling, local tissue death. Venom may cause: Hematological problems- bleeding and destruction of blood cells Neurological damage - coma, paralysis, blindness. Muscle tissue necrosis – rhabdomylysis and kidney failure
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Poisonous snakebites are medical emergencies , and they can be deadly if not treated quickly .
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