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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.

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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