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When You Get Bitten By A Shark, The Healing Process Can Be Worse Than The Bite

OCTOBER 20, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

For those of us in the States, summer is over, which means that we can stop worrying about shark attacks. And that's a reassuring feeling.

Regardless of where you live, if you've ever seen Jaws, you've worried about the possibility of being attacked by a shark. While you normally have nothing to worry about, it's hard not to think about it. When an attack does happen -- even a small one -- getting bitten is usually the easy part. The healing process is sometimes worse than the bite.

This is the foot of unfortunate Redditor swagboss.

He was bitten by a shark while surfing in Florida.

According to swagboss, the initial bite felt like a stab wound, and it really hurt while he was swimming back to the shore.

The thing about shark bites is that they're prone to infection.

Doctors who treat shark bites often hold off on using antibiotics when cleaning the bite. Instead, they prefer to use sterile water, which usually works better.

When it comes to animal bites of any kind, doctors also caution against stitching the wound together too tightly.

If it's sewn too tightly, stitches can actually seal in the infection.

Even if doctors take every precaution, there's still a good chance that shark bites will become infected.

While swagboss says his doctors have been telling him different things, the general consensus on Reddit is that his foot is infected.

(source: Reddit)

That looks extremely painful. When people ask me why I still think Shark Week is relevant, this is the kind of stuff I show them. Shark attacks are not to be taken lightly.