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  1. Dear Vern,
    I am reading your web site with interest as I am planning a trip to Cambodia and want to be prepared for snake bite. Better safe than sorry! I note in your first aid for Viper bites you recommend not using a compression bandage. I thought that it was standard practice to use a compression bandage on all venomous snake bites. So I was wondering why you suggest otherwise with the Viper. What is different about Viper bites?

    1. Hi Leo,

      Depending where you’re from, you may have heard that. Are you from Australia? Venomous snakes in AU tend to have (or maybe they are all?) neurotoxic venom. There are many snakes in Thailand with strongly necrotic venom. Experts in the field recommend not wrapping bites by snakes with necrotic venom because it can compound the tissue destruction significantly.

      With monocled cobras and spitting cobras – they have both necrotic and neurotoxic venom. With these, it’s better to wrap the bite if you are more than 10 minutes from a hospital. The neurotoxic component of the venom is so strong, it could render the person unable to move.

      That help?

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