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What is the first aid treatment for animal bites that break the skin?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine

For animal or human bite that breaks the skin:

  • Make sure scene is safe. (Avoid animals acting strange, including humans.)
  • Wearing gloves, clean wound with soap and lots of running water.
  • Then stop bleeding by applying pressure.
  • Report all animal bites to the police/animal control.
  • If there's bruising or swelling, place a cold (mixture ice/water) wrapped in cloth on area for at least 20 min. or until medical help is obtained.
  • Get medical help for infection prevention.
  • A tetanus booster may be required.
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