snake bite

A very small proportion of the world's snakes produce poisonous venom, and most of these live in the tropics. The venom may lead to a hemorrhage, paralysis, and central nervous system disorders as well as local systems of pain, edema, and ulceration. Treatment aims to minimize venom absorption, neutralize venom with antiserum, counteract the specific effects, and support life until venom is illuminated. Antiserum should be used only for definite bites by identified snakes.