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Human Bite

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What do I need to know about a human bite?

Human bites are often more serious than animal bites. The wound may be deep and cause injury to bones, muscles, and other body parts. Wounds are more likely to become infected because of the germs in a person's mouth.

What are the signs and symptoms of a human bite?

How is a human bite diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will look closely at the injury, including the area around it. Your provider will check to see if the skin is broken and how deep the wound is. Your provider will also look for other problems or signs of infection. Your provider may check your health history, including other illnesses, medicines you take, and past surgeries. Tell your provider which vaccinations you have received, such as tetanus and hepatitis B. Tell your provider when and how you were bitten. You may need any of the following:

How is a human bite treated?

Treatment will depend on how severe the wound is, its location, and whether other areas are affected. It may also depend on the length of time you have had the injury. You may need any of the following:

How should I care for my wound?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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