How long does a person have to get to the hospital if bitten by a cottonmouth?
- Diane ALv 73 months ago
Cottonmouth bites are rarely fatal, most get observed 8 hours and if no development of symptoms, go home. In 2500 bites in the US, there was only 1 fatality. There isnt much data on how fast you should be seen, obviously the sooner the better, especially if there are symptoms But without symptoms, after 8 hours watching, patients go home. So how fast you should be seen, depends somewhat on symptom development. Antivenom is not routine.