Signs that a dog bite is infected

On Behalf of | May 13, 2021 | Dog Bites

A dog bite is bad enough. There is a lot of instant pain, tissue damage and blood loss. You may need emergency treatment. Some bites are even fatal. Depending on where the bite is on your body, even if it’s a non-fatal injury, you could have a permanent disability or disfigurement. 

Things can grow worse, though, if the bite gets infected. Never assume that this is over just because you got medical care or bandaged the wound at home. If it gets infected, the condition could worsen significantly and could even become fatal. So how can you know?

10 of the top symptoms of infection after a dog bite

This is not medical advice, and you need to see a doctor if you believe that your wound has become infected for any reason. To help you spot such an issue, though, here are 10 of the main symptoms that people see:

  • Redness around the bite
  • General swelling in the area
  • Pain that grows worth, not better
  • Stiffness and lack of mobility
  • Pus in the wound
  • Red streaks on the skin
  • Fatigue and breathing problems
  • Chills, sweats and other fever symptoms
  • A sense of weakness
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Perhaps the biggest thing to look for is a condition that just progressively gets worse. Any bite is going to be painful, but you can tell quickly if it’s not getting better and is in fact causing you more pain than when it happened. 

You may need compensation after a dog bite

An infected bite can lead to serious medical complications and high bills. You may need financial compensation from the dog’s owner. An attorney can guide you through the process.