Snakebite Venom May Someday Be Treatable With a Nasal Spray

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Poisonous snakebites cause about 175 thousand worldwide deaths a year, many of which happen in remote areas where getting timely medical attention is difficult if not impossible. An emergency room doctor has recently thought up a solution he believes will save many.

Poisonous snakebites cause about 175 thousand worldwide deaths a year, many of which happen in remote areas where getting timely medical attention is difficult if not impossible.

An emergency room doctor has recently thought up a solution he believes will save many.

In cases where the antivenom isn’t readily available, doctors often administer an intravenous neostigmine treatment to stop the paralyzing effects of the snake’s neurotoxins.

Without it, the death by suffocation would be imminent.

The problem with the drug is that it’s tricky and difficult to apply in its IV form. Too much of it can stop the heart.

On a trip, he and a friend noticed that a different paralyzing condition was treated with the remedy via a nasal spray.

Testing it was a little scary as the doctor had to paralyze a volunteer, but the good news is that the nasal neostigmine worked.

The treatment is still in its early developmental stages. If it continues to be successful, it could be the ticket to buying the time many snakebite victims need for survival.

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