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There are an estimated 5 million bites, of varying type, that happen each year in the USA. Animal, Human or Insect bites and scratches that break the skin can sometimes cause infection. Some bites may need to have foreign materials removed or be drained of infection and treated with packing while others may heal on their own. Rarely, animal bites can lead to rabies. Tetanus shots and/or antibiotics are available if deemed necessary by our Medical Team. 


Animal Bites

An animal bite is considered a puncture or scratch or laceration caused by teeth. Here, in Louisiana, a bite from any wildlife, such as alligators, fish, frogs or other mammals are considered an animal bite. Usually, medical treatment is recommended when an animal bite breaks the skin. Some animal bites can lead to serious infections and disease, including rabies. Snake bites are always best treated in ER. 

Bug Bites Symptoms

Most Common symptoms of bug bites include:

  • redness,
  • mild burning
  • swelling or pain
  • itching

Bites or stings from bees, hornets, fire ants, wasps, yellow jackets, some spiders can give you symptoms that can range from mild to severe.

Human Bites

Human bites can be as, or more dangerous as animal bites because of bacteria and viruses contained in the human mouth. Cuts to hands during a fight are also considered a human bite. Our Team may recommend a tetanus shot in this case, if you haven't had a booster within 5 years. Human bites should be treated within 48 hours of the injury. 

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