First aid Treatment for Animal or Human Bites
Are human bites particularly dangerous?
Yes, because the germs in the human mouth frequently produce very severe infections, often much worse than those caused by animal bites.
Should antiseptic solutions, such as iodine, be used in the first–aid treatment of animal or human bites?
No. Strong antiseptics may damage the tissues further and should not be used.
Are bites always sutured (stitched) by the physician?
No. In some instances, for tear of infection, such wounds are left wide open to drain and are not sutured until several days later. Wounds of the face are usually sutured after through cleansing.
Are bites dangerous from insects such as fleas , sand files, mosquitoes, wasps, hornets, bees, or chiggers?
If someone is allergic to the sting of these insects, such bites can be quite serious requiring immediate treatment with antivenin.
What is the first aid treatment for insect bites?
Release it for ten minutes and then reapply. Medical advice should be obtained if a great degree of swelling takes place. The physician will give an anti allergic medication or will take other measures to counteract the effect of the bite. Anti veteract extracts are available in many hospitals for those who are extremely allergic to insect bites. It is important not to scratch a bite, as this will cause secondary infection and will lead to greater absorption of the poison.