Human Bites (cont.)
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When to Seek Medical Care
Even with what appears to be a minor bite, contact a doctor to be sure a tetanus shot is not needed. Once the skin is broken, the doctor should be consulted because the risk of infection is higher. Any sign of infection, even if the affected person have already been seen by the doctor, is a reason to call.
If there is any suspicion that part of a tooth is in the bite wound (foreign body), people should seek medical care as this will increase the risk of the infection.
Using the hospital's emergency department for a human bite is often the proper treatment to seek. Emergency doctors generally have a lot of experience with bites and other wounds. People who do not have a doctor or who cannot get in touch with their doctor may have to use the emergency department even for minor bites in order to get a tetanus shot and a doctor's opinion of the need for other treatment, such as antibiotics.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2015
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