If someone bites you, you may need medical attention. Human bites are more likely to become infected than dog bites: If a bite breaks the skin, there’s anywhere from a 10 to 50 percent chance of infection. And the infections tend to be more serious. People, particularly children, may bite others during fights; some serious bites occur during sex. Dentists get bitten, and sometimes people having seizures inadvertently bite those trying to help them.
If the bite is superficial, simply wash the wound well with soap and water and apply a bandage. For a deep bite, go to the emergency room or your doctor’s office, but first wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water.
Also see How to Prevent Dog Bites.
Published January 22, 2016