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Human bites: First aid


Human bites can be as dangerous as or even more dangerous than animal bites because of the types of bacteria and viruses in the human mouth. A human bite could be accidental or on purpose, with most bites due to another person. A human bite could arise when you cut your knuckles on another person's teeth, as might happen in a fight. Or it could be due to a cut on your knuckles from your teeth, such as from a fall. Human bites that break the skin can become infected.

To take care of a human bite that breaks the skin:

  • Stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Apply a clean bandage. Cover the affected area with a nonstick bandage.
  • Seek emergency medical care.

If you haven't had a tetanus shot within five years, your healthcare professional may recommend a booster. In this case, get the booster shot within 48 hours of the injury.

Content Last Updated: 27-Jan-2024
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