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How do I give first aid for a bite?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Minor animal bites - if rabies is not a threat - can be treated with soap, water, antibiotic ointment, and a bandage. More serious bites require immediate pressure to minimize blood loss and a trip to the doctor. If you don't know whether the animal has rabies, you must see a doctor. Bites from other humans should be treated similarly to a minor animal bite, but you should also seek emergency care. Human bites can be more serious than animal bites because of the bacteria and viruses contained within a human's mouth.

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