Ludhiana: The arrival of snakebite cases have increased manifold at different hospitals of the city with the arrival of monsoon season, reveal the medical experts.
However, this is a new trend as similar is the situation in almost every monsoon season, further reveals the inquiries made from medical experts.
Dr. Sandeep Puri, Principle and Professor of Medicine at DMCH, Ludhiana, on being contact, said, ‘This year the cases of snakebite have increased a lot. Most of the patients are from slum areas.”
Further, Dr. Puri told that stagnant water was becoming the major cause for snakebite cases. He revealed that “last week, five snakebite cases were admitted in the hospital and are under ventilator”. However, the condition of all these patients was under control, he revealed.
Dr. Avinash Jindal, Medical Specialist at Civil Hospital, Ludhiana said, “Around four cases of snakebites are regularly reported in Civil Hospital on daily basis”, adding mostly the patients are arriving from the rural areas of the district.
Further, Dr. Jindal told that snakebites of all species were poisonous but in case of some, if not treated timely, it could be fatal and could also lead to the death of the patient. “So, the proper and timely medical treatment is must”, he asserted.
Enquiries reveal that mostly snakebite incidents occur in rural areas and also, in the slum areas where jhuggi dwellers used to reside. The medical experts reveal that stagnant water in slum areas is the reason for the rise in snakebite cases.
SYMPTOMS OF SNAKEBITE
Experts claimed that snake bite may result in redness, swelling, and severe pain at the area, which may take up to an hour to appear. Vomiting, troubled seeing, tingling of the limbs, and sweating are the symptoms. Risk factors for bites include working outside with ones’ hands such as in farming, forestry and construction among others.
WHAT TO DO IF SNAKE BITES
· Call medical help immediately
· Remain calm
· Minimise movement
· If you are bitten on the arm or finger remove any rings, bracelets or watches. Loosen any tight clothing in case swelling occurs
· Apply a pressure bandage to the bitten limb. If the bite is to the trunk, head or neck, apply firm pressure to the bitten area. Do not restrict chest movement as breathing will be affected
· Splint or use a sling on the bitten limb to restrict movement
· If there is no bandage or equivalent to apply a pressure bandage, make note of any inflammation by tracing the edge of the swelling with a pen and mark the time clearly next to it. If it progresses make a new tracing. This will give valuable information to medical help
· Lie down and keep the bitten extremity at body level. Raising it can cause venom to travel through the body quicker. Holding it down, can increase swelling
· Do not use pain relievers
· Do not use tourniquets
· Do not try to suck venom out of wound or cut into the bite with a knife
· Do not apply a cold compress or ice on the bite
· Do not raise the wound above the heart level
· Do not use electric shock or a stun gun on the bite area
· Do not try to capture the snake
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