CARE AND CURE OF HUMAN BITES
A STUDY REVEALS THAT BITES CAN TRANSMIT THE HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV) AS WELL AS THE HEPATITIS B VIRUS AND OTHER DISEASES. THUS, SOMEONE WHO HAS A HUMAN BITE WOUND SHOULD GET PROMPT FIRST AID AND SEE A DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
According to a news-item published in a newspaper dated 8 April 2018, Chandkheda police arrested a local corporator of Ahmedabad for biting the first finger of a woman police sub-inspector’s right hand.
As the human mouth is heavily laden with germs and bacteria that are carried into the wound during biting infection can occur easily.
A study reveals that bites can transmit the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) as well as the hepatitis B virus and other diseases. Thus, someone who has a human bite wound should get prompt first aid and see a doctor as soon as possible after the injury, especially if the skin is broken. Any bite that breaks the skin is at risk for infection and diseases transmission. Hence, tetanus prevention is necessary.
Sometimes the wound is incurred directly over a tendon or joint. In a fight, a punch to the mouth can result in an indirect bite injury at the knuckle joint or may result in spread of bacteria along the sheath of the tendon which can lead to a severe infection. Joint infection can lead to septic arthritis. Injury
✿ An inability to bend or straighten the finger.
✿ A loss of sensation over the tip of the finger.
✿ Blueness of the finger or coldness over it.
✿ Although all bites hurt initially, the pain usually gets steadily better. If a bite begins to hurt more, this can be the first sign of infection. ✿ Some bruising and redness is expected but this should not get worse after the first few hours. An increase in redness is a warning sign of infection.
✿ Some swelling is expected initially but, if the bite swells more after the first day, it may be a sign of infection.
✿ A fever in someone with a bite should be a cause of worry.
Take care and follow tips given below to cure the wound well:
Don’t put the bitten area in your mouth or suck or lick the wound.
✿ Wash the wound immediately and thoroughly. Use soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover with a clean washed cloth or kerchief.
✿ If there is bleeding, apply direct pressure with a city clean cloth. Cover the wound with a clean dressing. Elevate the area and seek medical help.
✿ Change bandages when soiled, moistened, at least once a day.
✿ Take prescribed medicines as directed until the full course is completed.
✿ Don’t ignore human bites on the hand. Seek care urgently. We
Here are some signs and symptoms to know about your injury and infections: