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how to treat bites?
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Old 02-20-2007, 02:23 AM   #1
how to treat bites?

my baby avery has bitten me four times since i brought him home last october. each time, he's drawn blood, not to mention left his teeth in me (so say the friendly dudes at the reptile store where i bought him!) and, every time, the bite area has become red, itchy, and inflamed. why do i get these crazy, red, itchy bumps, and how can i treat them? does anyone else get them from their snakes' bite?
Old 02-20-2007, 02:42 AM   #2
Some people are just more 'allergic' to snake bites than other. If I get bit, I itch a bit, but I don't swell up and I don't get all red.

Despite what the pet store dude says, teeth don't always come out with a snake bite.

Either way, just wash with warm water and soap. If you get red and itchy, something like a Benadryll cream will work just fine.
Old 02-20-2007, 02:01 PM   #3
I don't react badly to bites, but we all have to keep them clean regardless, so when I'm bitten I wash the bite marks carefully and usually put a little antiseptic or something on it. Occasionally a plaster if there was a lot of blood.

I use antibac soap for the initial wash as I like something to kill any germs which may have been in the snake's mouth, but personally I wouldn't use too much soap on a snakebite. Soap is an irritant to damaged skin.
Old 02-20-2007, 02:34 PM   #4
I get a little itchy, too, but I don't worry about it.

Old 02-20-2007, 10:22 PM   #5
thank you all for the suggestions! should i be concerned about removing his teeth from my skin?

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