Animal bites of the hand are more likely to become infected than other parts of the body. Spot an infection – which can result in surgeries, amputations or even death – by watching for these signs:
Reduce your risk of infection by visiting a doctor immediately after an animal bite, regardless of whether you are experiencing any problematic symptoms. Dog and cat bites are the most common animal bites. Learning how to prevent and treat these injuries is important. Here are some tips:
If bitten by a dog or cat, wash the bite with soap and water and then seek medical treatment. Cat bites are more likely to lead to infection. Learn more about animal bites at www.handcare.org.