Symptoms & Treatments for snakebite in Pune

Snake bites should always be taken seriously. Though some are dry bites, which aren't as dangerous and will likely cause some swelling, others are venomous bites, which, if not treated carefully and quickly, can result in death.

Dr. Mukesh Mahajan Created on 16th Apr, 21

India is one of the countries most severely afflicted by snakebites. It accounts for almost half of all annual deaths worldwide. From 2000 to 2019, India had 1.2 million snakebite deaths (58,000 per year). 

The number of casualties ranges between the ages of 30 and 69. Surprisingly, more than a quarter were children under the age of 15.

 

Since snakes prefer hot, humid weather, Pune is one of Maharashtra's most heavily afflicted areas for snakebite cases. Knowing about our best multispecialty clinic in Keshav Nagar, Pune, can help you in an emergency situation.

 

A venomous snake's biting is dangerous. As a result, you need to get proper treatment immediately. You may experience infections, allergic responses from a non-poisonous snake bite as well. Snake bites can cause various symptoms, such as localized pain and swelling, tremors, vomiting, and even paralysis.

 

As per our doctor in Keshav Nagar, you must clean the cut, stay relaxed, and do not mobilize the wounded area. You should follow these as a first-aid procedure. It is essential to see the best general physician in Pune immediately. The prognosis for regeneration is favourable if administered promptly.

 

Detecting and identifying venomous snakes

identifying venomous snakes

It can be challenging to know how to respond in the case of a bite if you are unfamiliar with the various kinds of snakes and can not tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous ones. You need to handle all the cases as if it is venomous.

 

Consider the following signs to determine whether a snake has bitten you:

  • Two puncture marks or cuts that appear on the biting area
  • The wound is bleeding profusely.
  • There is inflammation, burning, and redness around the bite.
  • The very painful bite area
  • Skin color changes
  • Fever and diarrhoea
  • Headache and stomach ache
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Convulsions and Shock
  • Reactions due to allergies
  • Unclear vision
  • Perspiration and salivation are also increased.
  • Numbness and tingling in the limbs and face, as well as drooping eyelids
  • A state of paralysis
  • Rapid heartbeats
  • Muscle fatigue and exhaustion
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Thirst increase

Various snakes have venoms of several types. The below are the main categories:

Wherever there is a snake bite, cytotoxins trigger swelling and tissue damage.

  • Haemorrhages disrupt blood vessels.
  • The anti-clotting agents prevent blood from clotting.
  • Neurotoxins lead to paralysis or nervous system damage.
  • Myotoxins break down muscles.

 

How dangerous is a snakebite?

Although the solution can be complicated, there are two forms of snake bites. The first is more severe than the second:

  • Bite from non-venomous snakes: Snakebites that do not emit any venom are known as dry bites. These are often used in non-venomous snakes, as you would suspect.
  • Bite from a venomous snake: This is much more dangerous. They happen when a snake bites you and injects venom into you.

 

When poisonous snakes bite, they willingly release venom. They control the amount of venom they release, and envenoming or poisoning occurs in 50 to 70% of poisonous snake bites. 

 

Even if the bite is not severe, any snake bite must be handled as a real emergency until you are sure a non-venomous snake caused it. Any delay in seeking medical attention will lead to disastrous consequences or, in the worst-case situation, death.

 

Now let us see how to manage snake bite? 

After proper examination and identifying which snake type it is, we administer anti-venom injections. We need to use whatever anti-venom is available to us. In India, Polyvalent is the only available anti-venom. It is very effective and can work against all four types of venomous snake bites. 

 

But in some instances, Polyvalent, the only available anti-venom in India, is not effective. In that case, we need to know the snake species and take all necessary measures to treat the snake bite differently.

 

You may require painkillers to get rid of severe pain due to the snake bite.

 

Whatever the situation, come to us as early as possible, as we are the best clinic in Keshav Nagar, Pune, to treat you in an emergency.