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The biggest danger from a human bite is that it might get infected. Usually the wound will not be stitched. Taking good care of your wound at home will help it heal and reduce your chance of infection. Your doctor may give you antibiotics to prevent infection and a tetanus shot if you have not had one in the last 5 years or do not know when you had your last one.
Your wound may heal in less than a week, or it may take longer, depending on how bad it is. The larger it is, the longer it will take to heal.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you are not getting better as expected.
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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