Human Bites (cont.)
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What Are the Medications for Human Bites?
Antibiotics: The decision to use antibiotics also involves a number of factors about the bite and the person who was bitten. In many cases there are no definite answers from medical research, and doctors use their judgment to determine if antibiotics are used. The current recommendations from the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) call for the use of amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin) or ampicillin/sulbactam (Unasyn) for human bites that may become or are infected because such antibiotics are usually effective against Eikenella corrodens, a bacteria species often involved in human bite infections.
Following are some general points on antibiotic use in human bites.
What Is the Follow-up for Human Bites?
How Do You Prevent Human Bites?
Lessen the risk of human bites as indicated below.
What Is the Prognosis for Human Bites?
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.
Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/28/2016
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