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Know the Symptoms of Cellulitis Caused by a Dog Bite


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It can be difficult to predict the actions of another person’s dog. There is no way to know how the dog is treated at home, therefore it is difficult to determine how the dog will interact with other humans. Many people don’t think of this and are very surprised when a dog bites them.

A dog’s teeth are extremely sharp as they are designed to rip and shred through muscle, skin, and tissue of other animals. When these sharp teeth come into contact with a human, the results can be devastating, causing severe or even fatal wounds.

Because of the combination of sharp teeth and bacteria in a dog’s mouth, the risk of infection is very high after a dog attack. One of the infections that a dog bite victim should be wary of is cellulitis. Cellulitis is an infection that involves the skin’s deep layers. The main bacteria that is involved with cellulitis is known as staphylococcus, or staph.

Some of the common symptoms caused by cellulitis are:

  • Redness of the skin. The dog bite victim may notice redness of the skin at the area where the bite is located. There may also be red streaking of the skin.
  • Swelling. The infected area may begin to swell as the body tries to fight off the infection.
  • Drainage. The infected area may leak a yellow fluid or pus.
  • Other symptoms. Other common symptoms that may be present include warm, inflamed, or painful skin in the area of the wound as well as fever and chills.

If you have developed cellulitis or any other complication from a dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation. Feel free to browse the articles posted on this site to learn more about dog bite injuries, lawsuits, and how we can help or call us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Jason F. Abraham
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