How can I prevent a dog bite from getting infected?

On Behalf of | Aug 29, 2020 | personal injury

Dog lovers refer to canines as man’s best friends, but they do bite. Canines also notoriously like to eat and play with unsanitary items, such as the feces of other animals. Because of this, if a dog bites you, the risk of infection is already high. 

WebMD reminds victims that it is a good idea to provide first aid treatment, but seeing a doctor immediately afterward is crucial. This is especially important in instances where the dog belongs to another household or the victim is not familiar with the dog’s owners. 

What are some first-aid treatments to consider?

Ideally, you have a first aid kit at home or wherever the incident occurred. If not, there are still some simple things you may do at home to help prevent infection: 

  • Thoroughly and gently wash the bite with soap and water. 
  • Dry and sterilize the area. 
  • Apply a sterile bandage to prevent external infections from getting in. 
  • Apply an external antibiotic ointment, such as Neosporin. 

What are some additional concerns?

Dog bite scan case strep and staph infections, as well as many other complications. Even when bacteria do not enter the bloodstream, there are diseases a person might become susceptible to. Rabies is one of the most dangerous risks victims should be mindful of. 

Note that there is no cure for rabies, but when treated quickly, survival rates are high. If you are unfamiliar with the dog and its household, the recommended approach is to assume it has rabies and seek medical attention accordingly. 

If a doctor determines your wound is infected, he or she may prescribe antibiotics. Follow the doctor’s instructions carefully regarding dosage and when to stop taking it.