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First Aid For Dog Bites

A doctor can be man’s best friend. However, when provoked, they can also be your worst enemy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, half of them children between 5 to 9 years old. From that number, 1 out of every 5 of those bites results to injuries that may cause medical attention. Children are also likely to be bitten by dogs than adults.

According to the website of Abel Law Firm, it can be difficult to determine which dogs to be wary of and which are safe. If you are a victim of dog bites, here are some first aid for stopping possible infection:

For minor bites

Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes and make sure that the wound is thoroughly cleaned.
If there is no bleeding, gently squeeze the wound to encourage bleeding. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the bite wound.

Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease the pain and inflammation.

It is also recommended that you seek medical advice for major bites. These are signs that you need to call the doctor:

  • The wound is getting painful
  • There is redness and swelling around the wound area
  • There is fluid or pus coming out from the bite
  • There is fever that is more than 38 degrees and is accompanied by shivering
  • There are swollen lymph glands

If the dog bite is in the hands, feet, a jont, tendon, or ligament, face or scalp, nose, ears, or genitals, get medical help right away. Likewise, if you have pre-existing conditions that can make you prone to infection, you may need medical attention. Finally, if you are undergoing chemotherapy which could weaken your immune system, it is necessary to get medical attention.

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