It is crucial to identify what type of snake bite you have to receive proper treatment. Therefore, a healthcare provider will evaluate your symptoms and injury, including venom, if present, to determine a course of care.
To diagnose venomous snake bites, a healthcare provider will examine your injury and assess the symptoms you are experiencing.
In addition, they may run a blood test called a 20 Minute Whole Blood Clotting Test (20WBCT). This test evaluates whether your blood clots as expected. If not, it indicates you need antivenom.
An antibody test may determine the type of venom in someone’s body.11 However, since the test can take several hours, this is most often done after you’ve received treatment.
Keep any clothing that may have a snake’s venom on it since it may help healthcare providers identify the type of snake that bit you.
Non-venomous snake bites are known as “dry bites.” While these bites can be extremely painful, once a healthcare provider evaluates them, they do not require antivenom.
If you are experiencing only localized symptoms, you may not need further tests. However, if there is any doubt, you may receive diagnostic tests noted above to rule out a venomous snake bite.