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Old 01-06-2017, 11:24 AM
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Everyone knows putting some wet tobacco on a bee sting acts as an anesthetic and kills the pain, Nicotine is also an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces the swelling.

But what about a poisonous snake bite? Does it help there? Would like to hear from someone who really knows, no armchair doctors that don't really know.
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Old 01-06-2017, 11:26 AM
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what about activated charcoal?
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If the snake has a narrow head, same width as body, it's not poison but you still run the risk of a heck of an infection from anything cold blooded.

If the snake has a wider head, obvious wide jaws, it's poison. You could run into the poison AND the infection both.

Therefore, if you're sure it's poison wash the area well with antiseptic. Keep hand or foot low, below heart level. Keep calm so your heart doesn't pump fast and spread the toxin fast. AND GET TO MEDICAL AID. Nothing much more you can do yourself. The discussion is still out on whether it does any good to ice the area.

If there is no hope of getting to professional medical aid, treat symptoms as they arise- fever, aches, swelling, nausea, etc. Few adults die from MOST snake bites, but they do have 2 weeks of misery. Babies and small children will die so don't freak around about getting them to help.
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Would like to hear from someone who really knows, no armchair doctors that don't really know.
You think an actual medical Dr is going to suggest you put tobacco on anything? LOL I won't give you my opinion since I am a lowly RN....
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Thanks so much BabyBlue. So I guess tobacco's out.
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As someone who is allergic to bee stings etc.. I have had tobacco put on stings when I was young and parents did not know better,,, after several trips to the emergency room, they were told to stop putting tobacco on the stings. I do fear a poisonous snake bite would be fatal.
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I suppose if you want a doctor's advice, and nobody else's you should go to an ask a doctor site or call your doc. Everybody here is an armchair something but few medical professionals.
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Don't put tobacco, wet or otherwise on an open wound. You run a high risk of introducing bacteria into the puncture wound.
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Snakes have venom. Plants have poison.
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Fussy, fussy.
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Fussy, fussy.
Yep, no need to know the difference in poison and venom on a website named survivalistboards.
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