Human bites

  • Alternative Names

    Bites - human

    First Aid
    1. Calm and reassure the person. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap. If time allows, and you have some, put on a pair of protective gloves.
    2. If the area is NOT bleeding severely, wash the wound with mild soap and running water for 3 to 5 minutes and then cover the bite with a clean dressing. Remove the gloves, and wash your own hands again.
    3. If the area is actively bleeding, apply direct pressure with a clean, dry cloth until the bleeding is controlled. Raise the area.
    4. Get medical attention.

    Do Not
    • Do NOT ignore any human bite, especially if it is bleeding.
    • Do NOT put the wound into your mouth.

    Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if

    All human bites that break the skin should be promptly evaluated by a doctor. Bites may be especially serious when:

    • There is swelling, redness, pus draining from the wound, or pain
    • The bite occurred near the eyes or involved the face, hands, wrists, or feet
    • The person who was bitten has a weakened immune system (for example, from HIV or receiving chemotherapy for cancer) -- the person is at a higher risk for the wound to become infected