Being bitten by animals can have many consequences. Sharp teeth can cut and damage tissues, making them more prone to infections. Humans may get bitten by many things, including dogs, snakes, insects, and even other humans. Knowing what to do in situations like this is important to make sure that the casualty, where possible, does not suffer long term effects from the bite. Here are some of the most common types of bites and the first aid that you need to provide for each of them:
When someone has been bitten by a dog, it is crucial that you tend to the wounds as soon as possible to reduce the chances of infection. Here are some of the steps that you need to take once someone is bitten by a dog;
If it is safe to do so put some distance between the dog and the injured person. This will reduce the chances of the dog biting again or the dog biting you.
The exact steps that need to be taken after a dog bite depends on the severity of the bite.
Most dog bites only need first aid, but a few cases need medical attention. Here are a few scenarios that need medical treatment:
Of the many varieties of insects that inhabit the UK there are a few that will bite and sting (usually in self defence - except wasps, they’re just mean!) Here’s a little break down of what to do if you get bitten or stung by some of these insects.
Wasps will sting if they feel threatened, (or even slightly put out) and can give a painful sting, usually more than once as unlike the buzzing bee they don’t die after giving one sting.
If you are treating a wasp sting you should be aware that bee and wasps stings can cause Anaphylaxis.
Ticks are commonly found in woodland, thick grass or moorland. The bite itself doesn’t hurt but it attaches to the skin and sucks blood. Ticks can carry an illness called Lymes Disease.
Human bites are often caused by children when they are angry, curious, or frustrated. Human bites can also be a result of a fight between two adults or kids. Here is the first procedure that needs to be performed after a human bite