View Full Version : Rattlesnake Bite Victims Showing Extreme Symptoms

05-27-2008, 11:01 PM
Snake experts are baffled as to why rattlesnake bites appear to be getting deadlier.

Experts at a Loss to Explain Rise in Potentially Deadly Effects

The victim experiences extreme pain at the location of the bite, nausea, sometimes diarrhea. Then the mouth and throat swell, making it difficult to breath. The victim gets lightheaded, collapses and goes into shock -- all within minutes of the strike.

The potentially deadly symptoms used to be fairly rare, but toxicologists in Arizona, Colorado and California say they're seeing some or all of them more than ever, and that they could be contributing to an increase in fatal rattlesnake bites in Arizona.

At least five people have died from rattlesnake bites in Arizona since 2002 -- three or four of them from the extreme symptoms, said Steve Curry, director of medical toxicology at the Banner Poison Control Center in Phoenix.


05-29-2008, 03:16 AM
I've always heard that as long as you don't panic, you'll be fine as long as you aren't allergic to the snake venom.

I'll have to keep an eye out for the rattlers this year.