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Which is Worse, Dog Bite or Human Bite?

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.

Got a health question for Dr. Brent? E-mail him at drbrent@care2.com.

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at drbrent@care2.com

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3:00AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Human bite (hurt) is more terrible

7:20AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

human bite, can cause Zombie apocalypse

1:40PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Thanks for posting!

7:52AM PDT on Jul 22, 2012

The human bite is more germ contaminated!

10:10AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

hmmm...

5:53AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

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

3:29AM PDT on May 12, 2012

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3:28AM PDT on May 12, 2012

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2:03AM PDT on Apr 7, 2012

Very interesting

10:45PM PDT on Apr 6, 2012

either way...OUCH!

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