Is your dog bite infected?

On Behalf of | Jan 31, 2022 | Dog Bites |

Anytime someone gets bitten by a dog, there is a chance for severe injuries. One thing that increases this risk, however, is when the bite becomes infected. An injury that should have healed in a matter of weeks may take months and may require additional treatment.

In the most serious cases, an infection can turn into something like sepsis. This is potentially fatal. It may require extensive hospitalization. It’s very important to know if the bite is infected as soon as possible.

What signs indicate you may have an infection?

There are many different signs that you can consider when determining if an injury has become infected, some of which include the following:

  • There is warmth, redness and swelling at the injury site.
  • The pain at that site becomes worse over time.
  • You develop symptoms of a sickness, such as a fever or night sweats.
  • The area becomes stiff and you feel like you can’t move it properly.
  • There is any sort of drainage from the wound, such as pus.
  • The skin around it turns red and there are streaks underneath, spreading away from the bite.

If you do see these signs, take them seriously. Contact a medical professional or go to the hospital. You must get treatment before things get worse, and you don’t want to make the mistake of assuming it’s going to get better on its own.

If all of this becomes incredibly expensive, then it’s important to know how to seek compensation from the dog’s owner. If they were negligent in allowing the bite to happen, then they are responsible for that injury and the way that it develops.