There are various measures when caring for human bites. The management of a human bite can range from the application of ice packs for swelling or even surgery depending on the severity of the bite. When it comes to serious bites, prompt treatment is vital to reduce the risk for infection.
Home remedies for human bites
The first aid care for a human bite generally involves proper cleansing of the area and application of an ice pack to alleviate the pain. In most cases, the bites do not bleed significantly but if they do, apply direct pressure for 10 minutes. Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart to stop the bleeding and minimize swelling.
- Try to save all tissue parts – make sure that any tissue that was bitten off is taken to the nearest emergency department for possible reattachment. If the healthcare facility is far, store the part in a plastic bag that is placed in ice water.
- Simple cleaning – place the wound under cool running water. You can use a mild soap but avoid using alcohol or peroxide on open wounds since these can further damage the tissue. Always remember that any product that causes burning or increases the pain in the wound will only cause more harm than good.
- Avoid using butter on the wound. It is best to leave the wound open until checked by a doctor.
- Apply an ice pack for pain relief. The cold can ease the pain and reduce the swelling. It is recommended to apply for 15 minutes and following by 15 minutes in which the pack is removed.
If a human bite is significant or there are indications of infection, it is best to seek medical care.
Quick Note / Disclaimer
The material posted on this page on human bites is for learning and educational purposes only. To learn to provide proper wound care for human bites, register for a first aid and CPR course with Kelowna First Aid.