Animal Bites - Insect Bites

Animal Bites - Insect Bites Treatments for Brevard County, FL.

Animal Bites – Insect Bites 2017-07-18T17:26:50+00:00

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Animal Bites

An animal bite is a wound, usually a puncture or laceration, caused by the teeth. An animal bite usually results in a break in the skin but also includes contusions from the excessive pressure on body tissue from the bite. The contusions can occur without a break in the skin. Bites can be provoked or unprovoked. Other bite attacks may be apparently unprovoked. Biting is a physical action not only describing an attack but it is a normal response in an animal as it eats, carries objects, softens and prepares food for its young, removes ectoparasites from its body surface, removes plant seeds attached to its fur or hair, scratching itself, and grooming other animals. Animal bites often result in serious infections and mortality. Animal bites not only include injuries from the teeth of reptiles, mammals, but fish, and amphibians. Arthropods can also bite and leave injuries.

Animal bites signs and symptoms

Bite wounds can cause a number of signs and symptoms:

  • Generalized tissue damage due to tearing and scratching
  • Serious hemorrhage if major blood vessels are pierced
  • Infection by bacteria or other pathogens, including rabies
  • Introduction of venom into the wound by venomous animals such as some snakes
  • Introduction of other irritants into the wound, causing inflammation and itching

Insect Bites

Insect bites and stings occur when an insect is agitated and seeks to defend itself through its natural defense mechanisms, or when an insect seeks to feed off the bitten person. Some insects inject formic acid, which can cause an immediate skin reaction often resulting in redness and swelling in the injured area. Stings from fire ants, bees, wasps and hornets are usually painful, and may stimulate a dangerous allergic reaction called anaphylaxis for at-risk patients, and some wasps can also have a powerful bite along with a sting. Bites from mosquitoes and fleas are more likely to cause itching than pain.

The skin reaction to insect bites and stings usually lasts for up to a few days. However, in some cases the local reaction can last for up to two years. These bites are sometimes misdiagnosed as other types of benign or cancerous lesions.

Attribution: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_bite | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_bites_and_stings
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