Animal Bites (cont.)
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Animal Bite Medications
If antibiotics are prescribed, it is important to recognize that they are not used to treat an infection. They are used to try to prevent infection. The trend toward prescribing and using fewer antibiotics continues, and therefore, the patient may not be given antibiotics, but instead told to monitor the wound closely for any signs or symptoms of infection.
Most bite wounds are treated with over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin). Occasionally, the doctor may prescribe a stronger pain medication for the short-term control of pain from the bite.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/26/2015
Scott D Fell, DO, FAAEM
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