Which is Worse, Dog Bite or Human Bite?

Q: Which is more dangerous, a dog bite or a human bite?

A: Itís very hard to answer this question.† A bite from any animal (humans included) that is strong enough to break the skin and cause bleeding poses a threat that the bacteria residing in the mouth of the biter can enter into the blood stream and cause a severe infection.

With any type of bite, the best policy is to wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water and consult your healthcare provider to determine if any further management is needed.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.

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37 comments

Fiona T.
Fi T.3 years ago

Human bite (hurt) is more terrible

Leslie M.
Leslie M.3 years ago

human bite, can cause Zombie apocalypse

Aimee A.
Aimee A.3 years ago

Thanks for posting!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

The human bite is more germ contaminated!

ii q.
g d c.3 years ago

hmmm...

Alan M.
Past Member 3 years ago

What, are we getting desperate for stories / info !!!

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Very interesting

Pat W.
Pat W.4 years ago

either way...OUCH!