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Animal and human bites


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If you've been bitten by a person or animal, clean the bite with soap and water, cover it with a dressing and take painkillers if you're in pain.

Treatments for animal and human bites may include cleaning the wound, closing it with stitches and taking antibiotics to prevent infection.

Most animal bites are not serious, but you may need to get medical help if the bite is severe or there are signs of infection.

Page last reviewed: 22/06/2022
Next review due: 22/06/2025