Human Bites Treatment
Call 911 if:
- A human bite causes serious injury.
- The wound will not stop bleeding after 10 minutes of firm pressure.
- Blood spurts from the wound.
1. Stop Bleeding
- Apply firm, direct pressure with sterile gauze or clean cloth until bleeding stops.
2. Clean and Protect
- Clean the wound with mild soap and water. Rinse for several minutes under running water.
- Apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
- Watch for signs of infection: redness, pain, swelling, or pus. If you see them, get medical help.
3. Get Medical Help
- See a health care provider about any human bite that is more than a superficial scratch because there is a high risk of infection. Even minor bites can easily become infected.
- Tell the health care provider if the person has stiffness, lack of mobility, or numbness in the area. There may be damage to tendons or nerves.
- Deeper bite wounds may require stitches.
- The health care provider may give a tetanus shot or booster.
- The health care provider may prescribe antibiotics.
David M. Walker, MD on November 01, 2011
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