A to Z: Snake/Lizard Bites, Venomousenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgA bite from a venomous (poisonous) snake or lizard is painful and also can be life threatening.venomous snake bite, venomous lizard bite, poisonous snake bite, poisonous lizard bite, rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth, water moccasin, coral snake, Gila monster, Mexican beaded lizard, antivenom, antivenin08/14/201304/11/201909/02/2019d75f97d5-1a3a-41b7-b978-b36c4947996ehttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-snake-lizard.html/<p>A bite from a venomous (poisonous) snake or lizard is not only quite painful, but also can be life threatening. At highest risk for serious complications or death are kids because of their small body size.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>While most snakes and lizards in North America are not poisonous, a few species can seriously injure or kill someone with their venom if the bite isn't treated quickly. They include the rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth, coral snake, Gila monster, and Mexican bearded lizard.</p> <p>Symptoms of a snake or lizard bite will vary depending on the species, but can include pain, swelling, blurred vision, convulsions, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diarrhea.html/">diarrhea</a>, numbness, rapid pulse, tissue death, low blood pressure, shock, difficulty breathing, paralysis, and death.</p> <p><span>Bites are rare but can be life threatening, and must be treated in the emergency room.</span> If it's possible to do so without danger, try to identify the snake or lizard so that the correct antivenom (a medicine that counteracts the effect of venom) can be given. Even if the snake or lizard appeared non-venomous, seek emergency treatment as many non-venomous species have venomous lookalikes.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>While any snake or lizard will bite when feeling threatened, surprised, or cornered, most do their best to avoid people. Further, most snakes and lizards in North America aren't poisonous so the chance of being injured by one is incredibly small.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Insect Bites/Stings, Non-VenomousBites from non-venomous insects are the result of an insect attempting to feed upon a person's blood. Non-venomous means the insect does not inject poisons through its bite.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-insect-nonvenomous.html/fcc69e27-5eeb-4d09-911c-45705fa7c7f8
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Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)Kids with severe allergies can be at risk for a sudden, serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. The good news is that when treated properly, anaphylaxis can be managed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anaphylaxis.html/3ff97505-24b8-4097-b943-4efa57931a0d