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ANIMAL BITE

Numerous animal species have the potential to bite humans; however the most important are those arising from snakes, dogs, cats and monkeys.

  • Animal bites can get infected if they’re not checked and treated quickly.
  • Always seek medical advice if you have been bitten by an animal and the bite has broken the skin.
  • Animals have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, which can cause an infection if a bite breaks the skin.
  • These infections are rarely serious if treated quickly, but occasionally they can spread to the blood or other parts of the body.
  • Serious infections such as tetanusand rabies are extremely important to look at. To prevent these infections prompt consultation is recommended.

Wound Care and what are the Signs of Infection?

The most common complication for a wound is the risk of infection. It is important to properly care for a wound so it heals completely with as few complications as possible. Wounds that are not cleaned properly are at an increased risk of infection, but all wounds may be at risk. Monitor your healing process and keep an eye out for signs of infection.

Signs of infection include the following:

  • Swelling and redness around the wound and can be hot to the touch.
  • An increase in drainage of blood and pus.
  • Thick green, yellow, or brown pus that could have a foul odor.
  • Developing a fever of over 100.4°F (38°C) for more than four hours.
  • The wound does not show signs of healing.

If an infection in an open wound is not detected in time and not treated properly, the condition can become more severe and develop into more dangerous conditions such as lockjaw, necrotizing fasciitis, and cellulitis. Seek medical advice as soon as possible before it become worst.

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