While human bites to the hand only account for two to three percent of bite injuries they can be serious. Many of you know that cat bites can often become infected. Infections due to dog bites occur at not even half the rate of cat bites. It is estimated that anywhere from 30 to 50 percent of cat bites become infected. Fifty percent of infected cat bites become infected within three hours of the bite. Although you are aware that dog and cat bites can be dangerous would you be as cautious if you incurred a human bite to the hand?
What You Should Know About Hand Bites
While you may be aware that dog and cat bites are a rather common occurrence you may not be aware that human bites can be just as dangerous. People can sustain human bites on the hand from:
- Punching someone in the teeth
- Domestic abuse
- During sports
- While playing
- From children
The human mouth is rife with over 600 species of bacterium. A human bite to the hand or fingers that penetrates the skin can transmit harmful bacterium from the teeth, gums, or saliva which can cause infection. While a human bite to the hand may seem like a silly or embarrassing reason to see a doctor, it is recommended that all bites to the hand, whether animal or human, be immediately treated to avoid infection and/or disability.
What To Do
If you incur a bite to the hand take the following steps:
- Check for puncture wounds. Even the smallest wound can result in infection.
- Wash the puncture wound immediately with soap and water.
- Seek medical advice.
Redness, increased pain, or a red streak up the hand or arm are signs of serious infection. Immediate medical attention is required.
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