Bite injuries may need to be closely monitored by a medical specialist. You may require antibiotics. Treatments to bites can be stitches, staples or skin adhesive and also depends on the below factors:
- Type of biting animal
- Size and location of the bite
- Time from the day of the bite to the day you went to see the doctor
- General health of yourself
Types of bite wound and whether to stitch or not
- Dog bites can be stitched, especially if it is a large wound.
- Human bites usually not stitched
- Bites to hand or foot are not stitch unless the wound is large
Treatment by our specialist is more likely to be needed for:
The types of bites mention below is a guide. If you suspect infection or uncomfortable, please seek medical attention immediately to avoid the risk of infection.
- Bites that have jagged edges, or open.
- Deep bites that go down to the fat, muscle, bone, or other deep structures.
- Deep bites over a joint.
- Deep bites on the hand or fingers.
- Bites longer when the edges are pulled apart.
- Bites that continue to bleed after 15 minutes of direct pressure.