Coral snakes usually have a pattern of red, black, and yellow (or white) colored rings that span their bodies. Although uncommon, coral snake bites can potentially lead to severe neurotoxicity, including complete respiratory failure, if left untreated. All suspected envenomations should be evaluated and monitored in a hospital for at least 24 hours due to the delayed onset of symptoms.
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The beginning of warmer weather is the beginning of snakebite season. Many of these bites occur around people's homes, when the snakes are defending themselves from a perceived threat. Poisonous snakes don't always inject venom when they bite, and many snakebites are from non-poisonous snakes. Be sure to call Poison Control promptly if someone is bitten.
When used responsibly, fireworks are a fun way to celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately, serious injuries, poisonings, and fatalities can occur when they are mishandled, unintentionally swallowed, or when they malfunction. For this reason, it is extremely important to understand the risks and follow safety guidelines when handling them.
In the woods or in the garden, nature can surprise the unprepared.
Check out our tips and articles for preventing poisonings during summer.
Snakes would rather leave you alone, so to prevent one from biting you, NEVER provoke, capture or try to kill a snake.
If someone is bitten by a snake, DON'T panic and DON'T risk another bite by trying to capture or kill the snake. DO remove any jewelry, watches or tight clothing from the area of the bite and DO wash the area gently with soap and water. And, of course, call Poison Control right away for guidance.
If bitten by a snake, don’t use those outdated first-aid remedies: no tourniquet, no ice, no electric shocks, no cutting the wound or sucking out the venom. None of these "treatments" help. Most of them will make the injury worse.
A poison is defined as a substance that can cause harm to the body when consumed or inhaled. Poisons affect the human body in complicated ways.
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