Ointment could increase chance of survival after a snake bite
One more thing to stick in your backpack. Or perhaps under your sink in your downtown apartment.
A group of Australian researchers have determined that applying an ointment commonly used to treat angina on the site of a snake bite will slow the speed venom moves through the body.
Study author Dirk van Helden from the University of Newcastle describes the technique as working like a “chemical pressure bandage.”
Before you go slathering your snakebites with cream it should be noted that this is the first round of research and has not been approved by health officials as a recommended treatment.
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