TULSA, Okla. - They're creepy... they're crawly... they're keeping Tulsa emergency rooms busy this summer.
Dr. Charles Rodman has seen his fair share of snakebite victims in the St Francis emergency room. Rodman says, "If it's a venomous snake, you're going to have swelling develop fairly quickly. The best thing to do is to get some medical attention rather quickly."
Rodman tells KRMG the old advice of trying to suck out the venom is a bad idea and could actually lead to infection. Rodman says, "You're almost doing more harm than good and you may even create infection."
The best treatment, according to Dr. Rodman, is anti-venom. "That's what you need more than anything else." says Rodman.
The three main poisonous snakes you are likely to encounter in Oklahoma are copperheads, water moccasins and rattlesnakes.