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Antibiotics Used to Treat Cellulitis After a Dog Bite

Big or little, yappy or quiet, any type of dog can be dangerous. Many times, the temperament and behavior of a dog depends on the home life that the dog is in. Sadly, not all dog owners take proper care of their dogs. As a result, millions of people receive dog bite injuries every year.

While some dog bites are superficial and do not cause extensive complications, others can be serious and require medical treatment and long-term care. One of the complications that can result from a dog bite is cellulitis. This is caused due to the bacteria that is present in a dog’s mouth.

If you have developed cellulitis due to a dog bite, it is important that you are properly treated. To treat cellulitis, you will be given an antibiotic and may be required to stay in the hospital until it is safe to go home.

There are three types of antibiotics that your doctor may use to treat cellulitis. They are:

  • Oral. An oral antibiotic may be used to treat cellulitis and is usually in the form of penicillin, cephalexin, or cefaclor. If the victim is allergic to penicillin-based antibiotics, he may be given cephalosporin or erythromycin.
  • Topical. A doctor may use a topical antibiotic to treat cases of cellulitis that are considered to be mild.
  • Intravenous (IV). If the cellulitis is spreading quickly, the doctor may use antibiotics that are administered through an IV. This method is also used for those who have a weakened immune system.
     

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Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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