You have been bitten by a non-venomous snake. Non-venomous snakes don't have fangs and don't inject venom. Some non-venomous snakes have teeth or a sandpaper-like surface on their gums. This may cause a scratch mark or scrape on your skin. Rarely, a piece of the tooth may break off and remain in or under your skin. If this is the case, your provider may try to remove it. You may get a tetanus shot, depending on the injury and what vaccines you have had. You may be given preventive antibiotics . It depends on where the bite was, what type of bite it was, and how serious it was.
Follow these home care tips:
Keep the bite area clean and dry, and watch for the warning signs listed below.
No other special treatment is needed. Any pain or soreness you have should go away over the next 24 hours.
Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.
When to seek medical advice
Call your healthcare provider right away if any of the following occur:
Redness around the wound
Increasing swelling of the wound area
Drainage from the wound
Increasing pain in the wound or bitten extremity
Bruising or abnormal bleeding
Fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
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