Animal Bites (cont.)
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Animal Bite Medical Treatment
Depending on the status of the bite wound, local wound care varies.
If the wound was sutured on the first visit, then the wound should be kept clean and dry. Showers are permitted, but the area should be dried by patting it softly to avoid disrupting the sutures. No baths or submersion of a sutured wound should occur until the stitches are removed and the patient it told it is allowed.
If the wound was left open, then the doctor may recommend daily soaks or other treatments.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/19/2014
Scott D Fell, DO, FAAEM
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