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    How to treat snake bites abroad


    When you venture abroad, you are typically well aware of the fact that you will come into contact with an array of exotic creatures. That being said, unless you are a particularly cautious or anxious individual, you may not have considered what to do if you are subject to an attack, for instance, how would you treat snake bites on holiday?

    While you may be able to claim travel accident compensation on your return home to the UK, which can ease the distress experienced, this doesn’’t solve the immediate issue of how to treat snake bites abroad.

    How to treat snake bites

    Contrary to popular belief, you should never treat snake bites by attempting to remove the venom from the affected area. Do not create a vacuum over the area to encourage the venom to leave the body, do not try to suck out the venom, nor should you attempt to cut out the affected area.

    To treat snake bites effectively, The NHS recommends that you keep the affected area still, loosen clothing and remove any jewellery that could cut into the skin should the area swell.

    If you have someone with you who can aid you in creating a sling or a bandage, this can also aid symptoms. The NHS also stresses the importance of remembering details such as the snake’s size, colours and patterning.

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    Most importantly, seek urgent medical attention.

    How not to treat snake bites

    As well as offering advice on how to treat snake bites. The NHS also gives advice on what not to do. Never treat snake bites by:

    • Attempting to remove venom from the body
    • Rubbing ointment, lotions or creams into the area
    • Applying heat or a cold compress to the area
    • Leaving a snake bite victim on their own
    • Trying to attack, capture or kill the snake

    Compensation for accidents on holiday

    Whether you have experienced a holiday illness or injury, if you have been subject to an accident on holiday through no fault of your own, Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

    For more information on how to claim travel accident compensation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience, and there’’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during the call.

    Date Published: April 29, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

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