First Aid Tips For Travels To Protect Themselves From The Bite Of Pests

It is a good idea to plan some offbeat activity with family once in a while to get relief from the hectic busy schedule. If you are travelling with the family accompanying children, it is advisable to have first aid kit in your travel baggage to address any emergencies.  Whether you are travelling to adventurous location or just to banks of ponds or rivers to enjoy the leisure time with the family, you should be prepared to address little things like cuts, grazes, blisters and much more. If your vacation trip involves spending some time around the ponds, lakes, and marshes, your travel kit should aid first aid kits to treat the bites of pests too.

Most of the cases vacation trips will be planned in the lap of nature far away from the hustle bustle city. There are good chances of the prevalence of pests in the area. The victim of the pests bite needs immediate medical attention which may not be available in the nearby locations so, having knowledge about first aid treatment for pests bite has become inevitable.

If you are travelling to south-east parts of US, you should be aware of first aid treatments of pest bite especially water moccasin snake.    These snakes are alternatively called as cottonmouth snake. Water moccasin bite can sometimes be life threatening too. You need immediate medical attention or at least knowledge on first aid tips that prevent the venom from spreading into the entire body.

Inhabitance of water moccasin  

These are venom snakes that are mostly found in the southeastern states. Their inhabitance stretches in the states of Virginia, Florida and even in eastern Texas.  As the name goes these snakes are found in ponds, lakes and mostly in the water. They even bask in the sun in the fields and top of the rocks. Careful attention should be given when children are playing around.

The appearance of cotton mouth snake

They are large snakes that appear in different colours ranging from olive, black and brown. Male counterparts are little large when compared to females.  With thin necks and muscular bodies, their scales appear to be rigid. This snake will bite humans only when they are threatened. They have distinctive defensive behavior when compared to non- venomous snakes. While non- venomous run from the area when they are threatened, these snakes stick to the ground.  The snakes coil body and open their mouth signaling the danger and it is time for you to run.

Symptoms of snake bite    

Your children are at a longer distance playing with the friends and you suddenly hear them screaming out with the fear. The snakes like cottonmouth will not stay in the place to let you what has actually happened.   Don’t be scared, the Venom of the snake rarely takes the life but, it breaks down the blood cells to create an anti-coagulating effect. It hemorrhages circulatory system wherever it spreads in the body.

First aid for snake bite

A snake bite can cause damage to the muscles and tissue which can be either temporary or permanent.  It can also cause internal bleedings and loss of limbs depending on the area of the bite. Having the knowledge about the first aid of snake bite can prevent these uncertainties.

  •    Don’t allow the victim to lay down
  •    Remove watches and rings on the body  
  •    Bandied are of snake bite firmly to stop spreading of venom in the body.
  •    Secure and immobilize the affected area of the snake bite.
  •    Keep the body of the patient as warm as possible.
  •    Use the suction devices to aspirate venom from the affected area within 5 minutes of snake bite. Most of the commercial snake bite kits have them.
  •    Make sure you carry one along as a safety measure when you are on travel.

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