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Friday

First Aid on Bite Wound

Bite wound cause by human, animal and insect may can make an infection. Dogs are more likely to bite than cats, but Cat bites are more likely to cause an infection. Bites from nonimmunized domestic animals and wild animals carry the risk of rabies, so it's necessary need a anti-rabies injection.

Insect bites if happened to the people with severe allergy to the insect's venom, it can be dangerous. Signs and symptoms of allergic reaction include swelling, redness or discoloration at the site of the bite, pain, itching, hives, decreased consciousness and difficult or noisy breathing.

Human bite sometimes more dangerous than others, because human saliva contains many bacteria may cause an infection. Anyhow, nursing interventions on the bite wound are you can see bellow :

  • Minor wounds, If the skin breaks and sure it's not danger for rabies. Wash the wound nicely, clean with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection then cover the wound with a clean bandage and dressing frequently

  • Deep wounds, If the bite is deep as puncture wound and the skin is badly torn and bleeding, apply pressure with crepe bandage or clean and dry cloth to stop the bleeding and necessary see the doctor

  • Infection Wounds. If there is signs of infection such as swelling, redness, increased pain or oozing on the bite wound area, see your doctor immediately

  • Suspected rabies. Bites from nonimmunized animals may can cause the rabies, better to see the doctor immediately.


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