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Animal and Human Bites - Check Your Symptoms

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If bleeding is the main symptom, see how to stop bleeding .

If you have any of the following symptoms, evaluate those symptoms first.

  • Injury from a snake or lizard bite: Go to the topic Snake and Lizard Bites.

Is your bite bleeding?

Do you think a bite has damaged deep tissues?

Do you have signs of decreased blood flow at or near the bite injury?

Do you have any loss of function at or near the bite injury?

Are you unable to remove an object from the wound?

Do you have swelling or bruising at or near a bite injury?

Do you think a bite was caused by abuse or neglect?

Are you worried that you may not have been able to get a bite clean enough using home treatment?

Do you have a bite that has a high risk for infection?

Do you think you have an infection at the site of a bite?

Do you have a bite that may need stitches, staples, or skin adhesives?

Have you been bitten in the past few weeks and you now have symptoms of illness?

Are you worried about getting rabies from your bite?

Do you know or think you need a tetanus shot?

If a visit to a health professional is not needed immediately, see the Home Treatment section for self-care information.


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Last Updated: June 06, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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