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Treatment of a human bite

Treatment of a human bite can be anything from just ice for swelling to a trip to the operating room, depending on the bite. For serious bites, early treatment is important to give the best chance at preventing infection. Minor bites: A bite that just causes bruising or only scrapes the top layer of skin will not require much more than cleaning with soap and water, ice, and mild pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol is one brand name). A tetanus shot may be needed if the skin is broken. Antibiotics are usually not necessary for this type of bite. Deeper bites or bites causing cuts: Besides giving a tetanus shot, the doctor will generally numb these bites with medicine (such as lidocaine) and then thoroughly clean and examine the wound. Cleaning of the wound, unless it is a puncture or very small, will usually involve squirting a large amount of clean water into the wound. With an open wound, sometimes large amounts of water directly from the tap are used to flush it out. Occasionally, a small amount of an antiseptic solution is added to the water before rinsing the wound. The skin around the wound is sometimes cleansed with such solutions, also. In the cleaning process, the doctor may cut out small pieces of tissue that appear to be dead. This is to decrease the risk of infection. Stitches (sutures): The decision to use or not use stitches in a human bite depends on many factors. Doctors tend to use stitches less often in cuts caused by human bites because of the high risk of infection. On the other hand, certain bites, especially those of the face, may turn out better if stitches are used, and the risk of infection in this area is not that high. * A very deep cut in the tongue, for example, will usually be stitched even though it is a human bite because doctors know that it will usually not get infected even if stitched. * Most small cuts heal on their own even if stitches are not used. Sometimes the doctor will have you return in 4-5 days to see if stitches can then be put in to
Tue, 28 Jul 2009
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Immediate treatment is essential for people suffering a bite wound from some one, to avoid the risk of the wound becoming infected. Bite wounds mainly result from late-night alcohol-fuelled aggression. Such wounds should be treated like an infected surgical wound, by cleansing the area, removing infected tissue, and closing the wound as quickly as possible. But many victims fail to get recommended follow-up treatment, increasing the risk of permanent scarring and functional damage.
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How can insect bites be prevented? * Flea infestations should be prevented by keeping the house clean. * Mosquitoes should be avoided by staying away from garbage or still pools of uncirculated water during hot weather. * Insect repellents may be used if needed. * When outside, it is wise to cover the body properly. * Gloves should be used while gardening. * Buzzing insects should not be disturbed as they may feel threatened and may sting.
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