You’ve just finished a long day of hiking, and you’re finally back at your car. You feel a sharp sting on your calf as you climb into your vehicle. After a couple of minutes, you realize that a snake has bitten you. Now what? Although this may seem rare, more people are bitten by snakes than die from snakebites each year.
That’s why one should know what to do if bitten by a snake while hiking.
Fortunately, most snakebites are not life-threatening, and most victims can quickly treat the nasty bite independently. If a snake bites you, you may feel some level of pain and swelling near the site of the bite.
You may also feel nauseous and dizzy. If you have time, you should hike to an area where you can safely clean and treat the wound. While you can clean a snakebite wound at home, it is much easier to do so in a medical facility.
What to do if bitten by a snake while hiking
This may seem obvious, but if your first instinct is to panic, things will worsen before they get better. Panicking does nothing to help your situation and can cause you to make mistakes, putting yourself in danger.
Instead, calmly assess the situation and take appropriate measures. If you’re in a remote area, don’t hesitate to call emergency services or your emergency contact and let them know where you are.
Check for movement
You should check for movement near the snake as soon as you realize you’ve been bitten.
If there is any movement near the bite, you should stay still and remain calm. You may want to try and avoid moving the bitten area to prevent further injury.
However, if the movement comes from the snake itself, you should stay still and remain calm. If possible, use a stick to gently poke the snake and keep the snake separated from your body by using your other hand.
Remove Rings and Bracelets
If you’re wearing any jewelry when you’re bitten, you should remove rings and bracelets to prevent injury to any bitten areas. Remove any watches or other objects that may cause additional injury.
Find the bite
Once you’ve removed any jewelry and other objects, find the bite. If you’re unsure where the bite is, gently touch the bitten area and use your other hand to help keep the snake at bay.
Using your hands, gently move the surrounding soil around the bite area. This will help you find the snake and keep it from biting you again.
If you don’t find the snake immediately, don’t panic. Keep your calm and your eyes open for any other snakes that may be nearby.
Clean and dress the wound.
Once you’ve located the wound, gently clean the area around the bite with soap and water.
If you’re bitten in your calf, you can clean the wound and then cover the wound with a bandage to help prevent infection.
Start at the top of your foot and gently clean the wound. Then, move down the leg and clean the area around your ankle.
Next, gently clean the area around your knee. Clean the area around each ankle and foot too. After cleaning the wound, gently cover the wound with a bandage.
Wrap the wound and elevate the limb
It would help if you wrapped the wound as tightly as possible without causing pain. You can use a bandage, a shirt, or anything else to keep dirt and dirt out of the wound.
When using a bandage, make sure that you wrap it snugly enough to keep dirt out but loosely enough to prevent the bandage from cutting into the skin.
Next, you should raise the bitten limb above your heart.
If possible, you should keep your bitten limb above your heart for 20-30 minutes to help prevent the venom from spreading through your body.
If you keep your limb above your heart for the recommended period, the venom will have a harder time circulating throughout your body. This will help slow the venom’s access to your vital organs and help you feel better sooner.
Don’t try to squeeze or cut the bite.
If a snake bites you, you may be tempted to squeeze or cut the bite to help relieve the pain. While this may feel good, it will only cause additional pain and injury.
The venom will only spread faster through your body if you squeeze or cut the bite. Instead, you should avoid doing this and remain calm, keep your bitten limb above your heart, and quickly get to a medical facility.
Get to a hospital as quickly as possible.
If a snake bites you, you should get to a medical facility as quickly as possible to decrease your risk of death. It would help if you also got medical attention to monitor your condition and treat the bite.
You should contact emergency services, a friend, or 911 if you’re in a remote area where help would be difficult to reach.
It would help if you also got to the hospital as soon as possible so that medical personnel could monitor your condition and treat the bite.
Staying safe while hiking on hot trails in the summer
If you’re hiking in the summer, you should be aware of the snakes that are most likely to be in your area. In addition to checking for snakes, you should always be aware of your safety on the trail.
Wear proper hiking shoes and sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and avoid hiking alone.
If you’re hiking in the summer, you should also be aware of the snakes that are most likely to be in your area.
When hiking in the summer, it is especially important to stay aware of the snakes that are most likely to be in your area.
In addition to checking for snakes, you should always be aware of your safety on the trails. Wear proper hiking shoes and sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and avoid hiking alone. If you’re hiking in the summer, you should also be aware of the snakes that are most likely to be in your area.
If you’re planning a hiking trip, you should check out the regulations for the area you plan to hike. It would help to read up on the most likely snakes in your area. If a snake bites you, you should get to a medical facility as quickly as possible. It will help you stay safe while hiking on hot trails in the summer.