Bites and Stings
Bites and stings may be poisonous or non-poisonous. Bites and stings from venomous snakes, spiders and marine creatures need immediate emergency treatment. Among the most dangerous of Australia's fauna are the taipan, death adder, and brown, redo,bellied black, copperhead, and tiger snakes; the funnel-web and red back spiders: and box jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus, cone (Conus) shells, stingray, and stonefish.
Bites and stings from non-poisonous creatures may also need medical attention. Pain relief and stitches, treatment to prevent wound infection, and a tetanus booster may be necessary after an animal bite.
Do not waste time trying to identify the snake. Unconsciousness and breathing difficulty can develop quickly, especially, in children.
Signs and symptoms
Puncture,marks on the skin may be visible, but the following may take from 15 minutes to 2 hours to develop:
Some practices previously advised in cases of snake bite are no longer recommended.
First aid treatment
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