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Dog bites, sneaky infections and what you need to do

On Behalf of | Jun 3, 2024 | Dog Bites

Dog bites are common, and while most heal without complications, there’s a chance of infection. This can particularly be true in Texas, where the warm climate can allow bacteria to flourish.

Dog bites are a serious matter, and when an aggressive dog belongs to a neighbor, the situation can become particularly sensitive. Luckily, Texas has specific laws regarding dog bites; if a dog bites you and the wound becomes infected, you might be entitled to compensation. But first, you should tend to the wound and seek further medical attention to curb infection.

Watch out for these signs of infection after a dog bite

In the aftermath of a dog bite, you should expect your wound to show gradual signs of healing. It’s normal to have some redness and swelling immediately after a bite. However, worsening redness, swelling and pain, especially several days after the bite, could indicate infection.

Additionally, if you notice clear or yellowish pus draining from your dog bite wound, this is a strong sign of infection. This might be accompanied by red streaks radiating from the wound. These streaks may indicate the infection is spreading through your lymphatic system, a network of vessels that helps fight infection. In fact, you may even notice that the lymph nodes near the site of the bite become swollen and tender as they try to filter out the infection.

Fever and chills are other obvious signs that your natural defense got overwhelmed and gave way to an infection after a dog bite. Feeling chilly despite an increase in body temperature is your body’s conventional response to infection. You may especially feel considerable warmth around the wound.

Immediate actions to take

If you suspect that a dog bite is infected, it’s crucial to take immediate action before the infection spreads even further. It can help to thoroughly rinse the infected area with warm water and mild detergent to flash out as much bacteria as possible.

Once you pat the wound dry, apply an over-the-counter antiseptic and seal the wound with a bandage to keep it clean and deter bacteria from continuing to multiply. Once the infection is under control, visit a trusted medical facility for further diagnosis and treatment.

Dog bites can be traumatic and lead to serious infections if not treated promptly. Recognizing the signs of infection and taking immediate steps to address them is crucial for your health. Additionally, consulting a trusted legal representative concerning your eligibility to secure compensation can provide some financial relief and a sense of justice.