When a dog bite infection occurs, it is almost always after a skin puncture. Like other infections, dog bite injuries turn into infections when bacteria works its way into the lower layers of skin or the blood. As scary as dog bite injuries can be, if injuries turn into a dog bite infection or worse – as outlined by the four examples below – then most victims choose to hire a Clarksburg dog attack attorney.
Group A Streptococcus Infection Caused by Dog Bites
Streptococcus is one type of infection that can stem from a dog bite. The symptoms can range from one person to the next, but some of the earliest signs are redness, swelling and pain at the site of the bite. The person may also develop a fever.
If the infection progresses, the area of the dog bite could have a discharge of fluid. There is also a good chance that along with this will be signs of shock.
Shock generally includes symptoms similar to a flu, along with low blood pressure. If the condition worsens, the person may experience skin loss, confusion, seizures and headache.
If the infection is mild, antibiotics will usually clear it up. But if the infection is more serious, medication may need to be administered intravenously. If the tissue of the skin has died, then surgery to repair this will be necessary.
Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph) Dog Bite Infection
Another type of infection resulting from a dog bite is a staph infection. In its mildest form, treatment may not be necessary. But staph can turn serious, even fatal.
As with the streptococcus, the site of the dog bite may be painful, red and swollen. If the staph infection is deep, there may be pus or fluid drainage. Once it reaches the person’s bloodstream, it can cause symptoms such as low blood pressure, fever and chills.
Bloodstream infections — also known as sepsis — are very serious and require immediate treatment. Sepsis can also cause shock and the potential for death.
Pasteurella Infection Caused by Dog Bites
Pasteurella infections are another type of infection that can develop from a dog bite. Cellulitis is a type of skin infection that can be caused by pasteurella and can be serious. As with all the other kinds of infections, the area of the dog bite may be swollen or red; it can also feel warm to the touch.
If the dog bites are on the person’s face, pasteurella can result in meningitis (infection in the brain), or may even cause blood clots.
The infection can spread into the bones, joints and tendons. Or, it can spread into the bloodstream, which is life-threatening.
As with any type of dog bite, the wound must be properly cleansed and antibiotics given. Antibiotics may be in pill form or administered through an IV.
Rabies Caused by Dog Bites
Rabies is yet another type of infection that a dog bite victim can suffer from. Rabies is the most serious, as a failure to treat immediately is many times fatal.
This type of infection affects the person’s spinal cord and brain. Although rabies isn’t common, it is a condition that should be taken very seriously. Symptoms include sore throat, fever and cough. As it progresses, the person may experience hallucinations and seizures.
Rabies is treated with a series of shots, although the administered shots have a better chance of working when given before developing symptoms.
To learn if the victim of dog bite injuries is entitled to file a claim for a dog bite infection, contact an attorney at The Miley Legal Group. A Clarksburg dog attack attorney can address the results of dog bite infection.