Dogs never bite me - just humans - Marilyn Monroe
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Most cases of human bites involve children or drunk people...One case study of 92 bitten people found that 86 percent of cases involved alcohol (and 92 percent of bitees—the actual technical name!—were men). 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:
1. Infections. Human mouths contain high levels of bacteria, especially of the variety that can infect human tissues. And bites quite effectively transfer these bugs. "The bacterial inoculum"—that which can be grown out and detected—"of human bite wounds is rich in oral flora, containing…
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:
Mild: Augmentin 875/125 mg orally twice daily or 500/125mg three times daily x 5 days Moderate/severe: 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.
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