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Snake and Lizard Bites - Check Your Symptoms

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have pain at or near the bite that is getting worse.
  • You have more pain when you move the area of your body where the bite is located.
  • You have signs of infection, such as:
    • Increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness.
    • Red streaks leading from the bite.
    • Pus draining from the bite.
    • A fever.
  • The bite starts to bleed, and blood soaks through the bandage. Oozing small amounts of blood is normal.
  • You have a fever and chills.
  • You get a rash or severe itching.
  • You get severe muscle or joint aches.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You have numbness and tingling.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You do not get better as expected.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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