What Should You Do When A Dog Bites You

By: Bindu Gowda
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September 28th is observed as world's rabies day and hence, we are giving you quick insight of the viral disease Rabies. Rabies is a fatal infection that affects the nervous system of mammals including dogs, cats and humans. It causes acute inflammation of the brain. It is spreads through the saliva of infected animals. Basically, this disease is caused by a virus called rabies which is very dangerous and can ultimately lead to death.

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Since the animals affected by Rabies secrete a large amount of virus in their saliva, the word Rabies invokes fear in people. People usually get affected by Rabies when they are bitten by a dog or any other animals which are infected by Rabies. There are certain steps you need to take while dealing with a dog's bite. In today's article, we at Boldsky have shared some of the ways you can treat dog bites. Read on to know more about it.

What Should You Do When A Dog Bites You

Wash The Bite: Wash the bite throughly with water several times. This process removes all the bacteria and germs. Use antibacterial soap if necessary.

Apply Pressure On The Wound: Pressing the wound area is an effective first aid which stops bleeding.

Apply Antibiotic: Apply antibiotic cream to prevent infection.

Apply Bandage: Once you apply antibiotic cream, the next step is to bandage the wound. It prevents the bacterial attack and also gives quick relief.

Seek Medical Help: After the first aid, remember to take the tetanus injection. If the wound is major seek medical help.

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Story first published: Monday, September 28, 2015, 12:28 [IST]
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