Bites - human
- 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.
- 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.
- If the area is actively bleeding, apply direct pressure with a clean, dry cloth until the bleeding is controlled. Raise the area.
- Get medical attention.
- 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