Patient Comments: Snakebite - Experience


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Comment from: snakefinger, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

I got a bite on index finger from copperhead snake. I went to the emergency room (ER) for observation. I had swelling of the hand and past my wrist but slowed after hour 5. I was given pain medicines through IV and discharged after 7 hours. Swelling stayed beyond my wrist the next day, lymph nodes were very sore and I had bruising inside of my biceps. I went back to the ER in a different hospital, was admitted and treated with Crofab. Swelling was drastically reduced 8 hours later, by morning. I continued with the protocol as prescribed.

Comment from: Joey Joey, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I got bitten by a snake that I couldn’t find after it bit me. I went to the hospital and they released me 4 to 5 hours later and said it was a non-venomous bite. Now the swelling has gone up from my foot all the way to my hip and my foot is twice its size and I can’t walk on it at all. Wondering if I should go to another hospital.

Comment from: Sailorstars, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

On Sunday May 5, 2019 I got bitten by a snake. It was night time so I couldn’t see what kind it was. It bit me in the ankle. I was rushed to the emergency room because it wouldn’t stop burning and my foot was already swelling. They gave me a tetanus shot and then took me to a hospital. By the time I made it to the hospital my leg was so swollen they had to cut my pants off. I was in the hospital for 3 days while they monitored my swelling and pain. Gave me pain medicine and antibiotics for the swelling.

Comment from: jerushah8833, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 30

On May 25, 2014, my grandson, 4 and a half years was riding his trike when he ran over copperhead. He said, "Its eyes popped out,", so he reached down to pick it up and got struck 4 to 6 times by a baby (small) snake. We live in rural area, doctor watched for an hour and a half and sent him home to eat, sleep, and just be watched to see if swelling got any worse or acted like it was cutting off circulation. Nothing more than children"s Tylenol was given.

Comment from: Ann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

On April 16 2014 I was cleaning the leaves in my back yard not wearing shoes. All of the sudden I felt like I just stepped on a sharp glass that cut my little toe. I looked around and saw a snake very close to my feet ready to attack again. I knew then that I got bit, screamed for the kids to call daddy. It was so painful I was crying from the pain. I went to the emergency room, I knew it was poisonous cotton mouth. They waited 9 hours to give the anti-venom and in almost 24 hours my leg swelled, my toe turned purple and huge, kind of like eggplant color then. Now on April 29 it look like blister. They gave pain killer and strong antibiotic, it still hurts. Wonder how long till it heals.

Comment from: cherly, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 31

On June 9, my girlfriend got bit by a rattlesnake, she went to the hospital, but did not take antivenin because it had too much mercury in it, daily she suffers with pain, leg and foot are swollen and where the blisters were the skin is trying to shed, other spot is a big hard scab. How long will this go on?


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