A dog bite on its own can be a serious injury that leads to pain and suffering, blood loss, scarring and a whole list of other issues. Perhaps the very worst bites, though, are the ones that get infected. This can have dire complications and some infections can lead to amputation or even become fatal for the victims.
Why do these bites get infected and how can you keep it from happening to you? Let’s take a look at two key reasons for infection after a bite.
1. The wound is not washed properly
First and foremost, dog bites contain a lot of bacteria, and they need to be washed promptly and effectively. Medical care is often needed, but even a bite that doesn’t put you in the hospital should be washed as soon as possible. Simply rinsing with water and then using a disinfectant cream can make a world of difference.
2. The bite is a puncture wound
Secondly, a deep bite is a puncture wound. Many people wash the surface of the wound, but they don’t wash the deeper tissues. The bacteria from the bite can get pushed down into these tissues and an infection can start even though it seems as if the bite is clean. To add to the trouble, the wound is often not naturally washed by the body because puncture wounds are less likely to bleed — which is a cleansing process.
Did you suffer a serious injury from a dog bite?
If you have suffered from a serious dog bite, you may need to seek financial compensation. You could have significant medical bills. The bite may leave lasting scars. Compensation can help to cover the costs of your treatment, lost wages and more.