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Question: Human bite bruise won't go away


 obeythesib - Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:28 pm

Hi, I was bitten by my friend (she was drunk..but it was quite a forceful bite) three months ago, and I received antibiotic treatment (tetanus was up to date) and the swelling decreased and it doesn't hurt anymore but the ring-like bruise still hasn't gone away (it's been about 3 months) and I'm growing worried, will the bruise ever fade?
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:11 pm

User avatar Hello --

The bruise will fade, and maybe it has. What you might be seeing at this point is some residual subdermal scarring. Human bites can be quite damaging to tissues, often without breaking the skin. This includes keloid formation beneath the skin and in the muscle tissues. If this definitely looks like a bruise after having read this, and not so much a bite impression with color, then you probably should have it looked at. I very much suspect it's normal, but after three months, if this isn't temporary scarring, then something else -- I have no idea what -- may be going on and should be evaluated.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

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