New Rattlesnake Bite Treatment

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Sam Evans’ hand is not doing so well after being bitten by a rattlesnake.

Sam Evans says, “You can see the discoloration along the backside here.”

He tells us he had an allergic reaction to the normal anti-venom, CROFAB so his doctor had to find an alternative.

Evans says, “Found out if they can get a hold of some of this new stuff, told me it was new. I didn’t know how new it was until after the fact.”

Dr. Aryn O’Connor who treated him says this new anti-venom called ANAVIP prevents late complications like bleeding.

O’Connor says, “The new anti-venom is going to last in the body longer. Once you give it, and you can control the signs of envenomation.”

So far, Sam says he’s doing great and is feeling a lot less pain compared to the last time he was bitten.

Evans says, “It feels okay. Most of the pain is gone. The part that does actually hurt is actually pretty much isolated in the thumb. The rest of it all the way up to here is a little on the tender side.

Speaking of which he later found out that this wasn’t his first run-in with Dr. O’connor.

She was the same doctor who treated him 14 years ago when he had a previous snake bite.

O’Connor says, “He and I, we’ve talked and you know, it’s not like we walked in and he said he recognized me and I kind of was like you look familiar, which is why I looked.”

She jokingly says she hopes to never see him again as a patient of course!

And being an avid hiker and dealing with his fifth snake bite, Sam says he has finally learned his lesson

Evans says, “I’ll try to stay away from them.”

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