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Man Dies From Rattlesnake Bite

Discussion in 'Nature' started by 2sweed, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. 2sweed

    2sweed Natural Camper Staff Member

  2. Tristian Fanworth

    Tristian Fanworth Novice Camper

    With all of the venom of a rattlesnake, I am surprised this has not been a more common problem. However, what was the allergic reaction to? I mean they could have treated that in most cases.
     
  3. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    Well technically any sort of reaction you have to snake or insect bikes are a form of allergic reaction. We don't really think of it this way because almost everyone has a reaction to it, but the method it attacks your body is the same.
     
  4. happyflowerlady

    happyflowerlady Survivalist

    Snake bites are not any fun at all, and this guy must have either been very susceptible to the venom, or he was bitten in an area where the venom could get right into his bloodstream and kill him.

    When I was bitten by the copperhead (about 15 years ago); it was on the ankle, and I was able to get to a hospital within a half hour. I remember being really upset that they would not even LOOK at the snakebite until they had first vaccinated me for tuberculosis. They said that a vaccination was a requirement for being treated at that hospital, regardless of what was wrong when you came in.

    It didn't make much sense to me because it seemed like if a person was close to dying, the time spent on the test and vaccination might make the difference whether that person lived or died. Fortunately.....I lived.
     
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  5. JessiFox

    JessiFox Novice Camper

    I'm surprised it's not a more common occurrence, but it does sound like it was likely a severe allergic reaction. So sad. I'll never be caught anywhere near a snake if I can help it.
     
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  6. Camp6

    Camp6 Novice Camper

    Besides the rattle snake, some of the snakes that are dangerous include the coral snake, water moccasin and copperhead. Incase of a snake bite don't cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom. Don't try to capture the snake but try to remember its color and shape so that you can describe it to the doctor. It is very important to carry a mobile phone when you go camping. You can then call emergency services to rush you to hospital.
     
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  7. 2sweed

    2sweed Natural Camper Staff Member

  8. HikingHans

    HikingHans Novice Camper

    Poor fellow. It is fairly uncommon for an adult to die from a rattle snake bite these days. Still, if you hike in areas with these snakes, and I do, it is a good idea to wear appropriate footwear and be aware of their habits. Most of the bites I am aware of in this area were as a result of young people messing with them. However, they can strike with being riled up.
     
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