A human bite that breaks the skin should be seen by a doctor for treatment preferably within the first 24 hours. All bites that occur to children should be evaluated even without a deep puncture.
"Although many people may be reluctant to immediately go to a doctor, all bites to the hand should receive medical care," said orthopaedic surgeon and lead study author Stephen A. Kennedy, MD. "And while routine antibiotics are not necessarily recommended for other bite wounds, they are recommended for a bite to the hand to reduce the risk of infection and disability."
We are all spot-on when we think that a dog bite can be nasty. But what most of us don't know is that a human bite can be even nastier, especially if you get bitten on the hand.
There's a laundry list of diseases a bite victim could potentially contract from a biting incident. Viral pathogens, including hepatitis B and C, HIV, and herpes simplex virus, are all transmissible by human bites.
Young children often bite each other during play or while fighting. An area of concern to parents is the possible transmission of infections, such as viral hepatitis and HIV, from biting incidents in child care settings. Although the risk of infection is minimal, the level of parental anxiety may be high.
It's behaviour that is expected among unruly toddlers, but not from an adult.
Human bite use as a weapon in assault is a growing public health concern. Effects of a human bite on a victim are both social e.g. cosmesis and medical e.g. infection. Human bite is found in violent crimes including child abuse, homicides, sexual assault and also in attempted suicide
Most of these bites result from fighting, but sports accidents and sexual activity are other sources of injury. And biting is seasonal - in the United States at least – increasing during the spring and summer and on weekends.
Most cases of human bites involve children or drunk people. But these injuries are no laughing matter, as bite wounds can be very serious, even deadly. Here are five diseases than can be spread from bites:
Augmentin 875/125 mg orally twice daily or 500/125mg three times daily x 5 days
Ampicillin-sulbactam 1.5 to 3 grams IV every 6 hours OR Ticarcillin-clavulanic acid 3.1 grams IV every 6 hours OR Piperacillin-tazobactam 3.375 grams IV every 6 hours OR
Penicillin allergy: [moxifloxacin or Bactrim OR Ciprofloxacin 500mg twice daily ] PLUS clindamycin
Excessive nail biting is a surprisingly widespread human activity.
It goes back millennia: the ancient Greek philosopher Cleanthes, for instance, was said to be addicted to biting his nails. In the modern era, no one has any good data on how many of us share the affliction (technically called onychophagia), but small-scale studies indicate about 20 percent or so of adults bite regularly — which would suggest millions of Americans do it.