What is used to treat a venomous bite?

Some animals produce and deliver enough venom when they bite you to create a reaction or a medical emergency. Some of these poisonous animals include black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, copperhead snakes or cottonmouth water moccasins. The main treatment for a bite from a poisonous animal is to use an antivenom medication. This is given by injecting the antivenom into a large muscle such as the thigh, or is given through a vein with an intravenous solution. Any time an antivenom is given, it should be under the care of medical personnel, especially if the victim suffered from an allergic reaction.

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