Serious Bites and Stings Augusta GA
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Adolescent Medicine-Pediatrics
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1974
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease
Serious Bites and Stings
Bites and Stings - Serious
I don't like spiders and snakes (or scorpions for that matter)
While spiders, snakes and scorpions make our skin crawl, their reputations are often worse than their bites. Although their mates have a 100 percent mortality rate, a black widow spider hasn't killed a human in North America for over a decade. Even the sting of the dreaded bark scorpion is rarely fatal. But this doesn't mean you shouldn't respect their potential to inflict harm.
Most snakes in North America are not venomous, but some species have a potentially lethal bite. The rattlesnake, a favorite villain of the Spaghetti Western, would rather be left alone than have the opportunity to shake its tail at hikers.
The highly venomous coral snake is reclusive and attacks only if startled or threatened. To ensure you don't inadvertently provoke a snake,
Only one in 3000 snakebites in North America is fatal. If you are bitten by a poisonous snake, don't panic. Instead, use your head and
Found in New Mexico, Arizona, parts of Nevada and Utah, and the California side of the Colorado River, scorpions are common in the desert. As ugly as these desert dwellers are, most are rarely deadly. Even the notorious bark scorpion sting can be neutralized easily at local medical centers. When in scorpion country, avoid being on the receiving end of a scorpion's tail:
Be careful when stepping or reaching into scorpion-friendly places (wood piles, underneath rocks, inside shoes or roaming the ground after dark). Check to make sure a scorpion has not made a home in your clothes, shoes or sleeping bags. Inspect your luggage / packs. Scorpions like to stow away.
If you are stung by a scorpion, stay calm.
At the first sign of severe poisoning, get to a hospital. If the sting victim is a child or elderly, get immediate emergency hel...