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Snakebites a Rising Danger for U.S. Children

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 – More than 1,300 U.S. kids suffer snakebites each year on average, with one in four attacks occurring in Florida and Texas, a new study reveals. All 50 states and Washington, D.C., reported snakebites to children between 2000 and 2013. And about one-fifth of these bites required admission to an intensive care unit, researchers found. "Any venomous snake can be dangerous with neurotoxic complications and problems with blood clotting," said study lead author Dr. Joann Schulte, a medical epidemiologist. "Some children do die, and delays in treatment can be one reason," said Schulte, who was with the North Texas Poison Control Center in Dallas at the time of the study. Besides Texas and Florida, states with high rates of snakebite included Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia, Schulte and her colleagues found. Some good news emerged ... Read more

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Heat Beats Cold for Treating Jellyfish Stings

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – If you're unlucky enough to suffer a jellyfish sting, new research says that heat is better than cold for easing the pain. The team at the University of Hawaii at Manoa noted that jellyfish stings are a growing health problem worldwide. But, there has been disagreement over how best to treat and manage the painful stings. "People think ice will help because jelly stings burn and ice is cold," study author Christie Wilcox, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii's School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "And if you Google it, many sites – even those considered reputable – will tell you to put ice on a sting to dull the pain. But research to date has shown that all marine venoms are highly heat sensitive, thus hot water or hot packs should be more effective than cold packs or ice," she explained. In an attempt to resolve the ongoing ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dealing With a Bee Sting

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Most bee stings involve less-than-severe allergic reactions that don't require emergency medical care. To treat most bee stings, the Mayo Clinic advises: Use tweezers to remove the stinger from the skin as quickly as you can. The faster it's removed, the less venom is likely to enter the body. Use soap and water to gently cleanse the area. Sooth swelling and pain with a cold compress or ice pack. If the area is swollen, itchy or red, apply calamine lotion. Take an antihistamine containing diphenhydramine or chlorpheniramine if the itching or swelling is uncomfortable. Don't scratch the affected area. Doing so can lead to an infection. Read more

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Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?

Posted 25 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 24, 2015 – Summer is fast approaching, along with its usual bonanza of bugs. Fortunately, most of those inevitable bites and stings aren't serious. But, experts from the American Academy of Dermatology advise going to the emergency room right away if you notice any of the following symptoms soon after a bug bite or sting: Difficulty breathing, The feeling that your throat is closing, Swelling of lips, tongue or face, Chest pain, A racing heartbeat for more than a few minutes, Dizziness or headache, Vomiting. Also beware of a red rash that looks like a donut or bullseye target after a tick bite, or a fever with a spreading red or black spotty rash. These can be signs of serious tick-related illness. "Although most bug bites and stings do not turn into a severe or even fatal illness like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it's important to pay attention to your symptoms," Dr. ... Read more

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Opossums May Come to Humans' Rescue for Snake Anti-Venom

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 – Wouldn't it be great if humans were immune to snakes' venom? Well, opossums are, and scientists are studying the mammals with an eye to creating a new and better venom antidote. Such an antidote could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects caused by current treatments, explained a team led by Claire Komives of San Jose State University. Opossums suffer no ill effects from snake bite venom, and prior research has found that a certain protein the creatures possess seems to neutralize the venom. In its study, Komives' group had the protein chemically synthesized. The researchers found that it protected mice from the venom of U.S. Western Diamondback rattlesnakes, as well as the deadly Russell's viper from Pakistan. Of course, more research is needed to determine if the anti-venom will work in humans, as well. The study was to be presented ... Read more

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What Snake Caused That Bite? New DNA Test Might Tell

Posted 4 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 – DNA tests can reliably identify the type of snake that has bitten a person and could save the lives of many people in countries with deadly venomous snakes, new research reports. Experts found that if snake DNA could be detected on swabs taken from fang marks on victims, the species of snake could be pinpointed every time. The study was scheduled to be presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans. "These findings represent a significant step toward improving care for patients in areas of the world where snakebites constitute a massive but neglected health risk," study director Dr. Francois Chappuis, chief of the division of tropical and humanitarian medicine at Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland, said in a society news release. "This DNA test may hasten more effective bedside diagnostics ... Read more

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Don't Let the Warm Weather Leave You Snakebitten

Posted 25 May 2014 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 25, 2014 – The arrival of warm weather means that snakes will be making their appearance, so you should take steps to prevent snakebites, an expert says. The University of Alabama at Birmingham recently treated its first snakebite case of the season, noted Dr. Janyce Sanford, chair of the university's department of emergency medicine. "That is a usual pattern. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, snakes begin to get active and we begin seeing a bite or two. Still, we only see a few each spring, and people have a much greater chance of being stung by a bee or wasp or being bitten by a tick than being bitten by a snake," Sanford said in a university news release. If you're in the woods or near rivers and creeks, keep an eye out for snakes and wear boots and long pants, she warned. It's also a good idea to carry a cellphone. "Get to an emergency department as quickly as ... Read more

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Ah, Spring . . . And a Snakebite Alert

Posted 3 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 3, 2014 – As temperatures rise and spring rains fall, snakes in the U.S. Southwest – including venomous snakes – leave their winter hideouts and become more active. That puts people and their pets at greater risk for painful snakebites, a veterinarian says. "This is the time of year when all reptiles become more active. Even water turtles begin to shed their scutes for the shiny new ones underneath," said Dr. Jill Heatley. "I spoke with one of our emergency room doctors the other day and said to be sure and tell pet owners that dogs and cats are likely to encounter snakes this time of year," Heatley, associate professor of veterinary medicine in the Small Animal Hospital at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said in a university news release. "If you believe your pet has been bitten, you need to seek veterinary care and the ... Read more

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Cost of Snakebite Therapy May Squeeze Victims' Wallets

Posted 23 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 23 – It goes without saying that bites from venomous snakes can be painful and dangerous, but they can also be very expensive, an expert warns. Medical bills of $50,000 or more are not uncommon for a person bitten by a venomous snake, said Jill Heatley, an associate professor of veterinary medicine at Texas A&M University in College Station. The total cost includes hospitalization, which can last from one day to several weeks, treatment of damaged tissue, and antivenin therapy, which can run into the thousands of dollars. Unusually warm temperatures and plenty of rainfall this spring means that some areas of the United States could see higher populations of snakes. People should be aware of this when they and their pets are outdoors, Heatley said. "The thing to remember about snakes is that, generally, they want to be left alone. They are probably more afraid of you," she ... Read more

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