After getting bitten by a dog, you should seek immediate medical treatment. It can take hours for signs of infection to show up, but it is possible for infections to take root in the body almost right away.
Capnocytophaga infections are just one of many that you should be on the lookout for. But what are these infections and how do they impact you?
Severe side effects and repercussions
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Capnocytophaga infection can do a lot of damage. This infection has potential severe repercussions, especially if you do not get proper treatment. For one, it can have serious side effects all on its own. This can include heart attack, gangrene and kidney failure. If you develop gangrene, you can potentially lose limbs or digits due to amputation.
It is also possible to suffer from sepsis, a type of blood infection that sets in quickly and can prove deadly. It can result in death within 24 to 72 hours after symptoms first begin to show.
The earliest red flags
So what should you keep an eye out for? The earliest signs might appear within hours and can include redness, swelling and tenderness or pain around the bite. You may also notice blisters along the wound itself.
Over the next 3 to 5 days, you could experience fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pains. You could also have pain or soreness in the muscles and joints. On top of that, you might suffer from confusion and headaches. Symptoms can take anywhere from 1 to 14 days to appear, despite 3 to 5 being the average. But you should not wait that long in the first place.