Human Bite

ExitCare ImageHuman bite wounds can get infected very fast. It is important to get medical treatment.

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  • Follow your doctor's instructions for taking care of your wound.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Take your medicines (antibiotics) as told. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

You may need a tetanus shot if:

  • You cannot remember when you had your last tetanus shot.

  • You have never had a tetanus shot.

  • The injury broke your skin.

If you need a tetanus shot and you choose not to have one, you may get tetanus. Sickness from tetanus can be serious.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your wound gets more painful, puffy (swollen), or red.

  • You have chills.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (pus) coming from the wound.

  • You see red lines on the skin coming from the wound.

  • You have pain when you move, or you cannot move the injured part.

  • You get worse, not better.

  • You have any questions or concerns.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.