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On Sunday the 25th at 6pm EST, we’re performing scheduled maintenance. We anticipate this planned outage will take between 2 and 4 hours.
DHEC has a new number for appointments at local health departments.
Please call 1-855-4-SCDHEC (1-855-472-3432).

Administer First Aid

If an animal bites you, breaking the skin:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before tending to the wound. Wash hands afterwards, too.
  • If bleeding, apply direct pressure to the wound with a clean, dry cloth until the bleeding stops. Keep the bite area raised up (elevated) to slow bleeding and keep swelling down.
  • Once bleeding stops, wash the wound thoroughly with mild soap and running water for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Cover the bite with antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage.
  • Call your health care provider and follow the advice they give you.
  • Over the next 24 to 48 hours, keep a close eye on the area surrounding the bite.
  • If you see signs of an infection — skin redness, swelling, or pain — call your health care provider or have the wound examined at an emergency medical center.
  • Your health care provider may prescribe antibiotics or give you a tetanus booster shot (if it's been awhile since you had one).