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Human and animal bites are quite common. They typically occur on the fingers and hands.
Begin by disinfecting the wound. Wash thoroughly with soap and water for several minutes. Then, if necessary, remove superficial dirt by gently rubbing with a sterile gauze pad or splinter forceps that have been disinfected. If the wound is bleeding profusely, apply pressure to the injured area using a sterile gauze pad. Then, cover the wound with a bandage. Once treatment has been administered, watch for signs of infection (redness and swelling around the wound, persistent pain, pus-like discharge, fever). Due to the amount of bacteria found in cat and human saliva, these types of wounds are very prone to infection and require preventive antibiotic therapy.
You should see your doctor if:
Here are a few tips that should help prevent animal bites:
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