Human Bites (cont.)
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Human Bites Prognosis
The best way to ensure a good outcome of a human bite is to receive needed treatment before infection can set in. Infected bites, especially the closed fist injury and other bites of the hand, can cause permanent damage and interfere with normal function. Infections of the ear and nose cartilage can be very hard to treat. Fortunately, there are many powerful antibiotics available, so even infected human bites usually do quite well once proper treatment is started.
All human bites that break the skin need to be evaluated for the risk of transmission of HIV and the need for a tetanus booster.
Author and Editor
Author: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Editor: Charles P. Davis, MD, PhD
REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Human Bites in Emergency Medicine Treatment & Management.
Last Editorial Review: 12/20/2013
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