There are many different reasons why someone would need to have first aid done to them, one reason being that they were bitten by an animal. Animal bites can be scary to experience, especially if you do not know a lot about the animal.
If you were bitten by an animal, there are some things that you can do.
- Thoroughly wash the area that was bitten. You can use soap and water to clean the area. If the wound is bleeding, then apply pressure with gauze or a clean cloth.
- When the bleeding has stopped, then you can apply antibiotic ointment.
- Cover the area with a bandage or sterile gauze.
- Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control the pain.
It can be difficult to know whether or not you should seek medical attention for the bite that you just got. You should consider getting medical attention if:
- The bite was received from a wild or stray animal, an animal that isn’t up to date on their rabies shots, or if the animal is acting strange
- If the bite broke the skin
- If the bite was on the face, head, neck, hand, foot, or near a joint
- If the bite becomes red, hot, swollen, or increasingly painful
- If you are not up to date on your shots
If you are seeking medical attention, then there are some things that you should know so that you can tell the doctor:
- What kind of animal bit you
- The date of the animals last rabies vaccination, if you know it
- Any unusual behavior exhibited by the animal
- Where the animal is located
- If the animal was a stray or wild animal, and if it was captured by animal control
- Your immunization records
- Any medications that you may be allergic to
If you are ever bitten by an animal, you should do what you can to clean out the wound. If the wound is severe, call Las Vegas Urgent Care so that you can get in to see a doctor.