It is critical that you seek medical attention after a dog has bitten you. Some dogs carry and transmit diseases. And some bites need greater medical attention than can be administered at home. A bite may be so sever that you will need to go the emergency room immediately for medical care.
When to Go to the Emergency Room
- If you do not know the dog that bit you, it may not be up-to-date with its vaccinations. It is important to seek immediate medical attention to rule out the possibility of diseases.
- If you cannot stop the bleeding.
- If you see redness, swelling, warmth, or pus, those are all signs of infections. Infections are serious and you need to have them looked at by a medical professional because you may need antibiotics.
How to Care For a Dog Bite at Home
- Get a clean towel that can soak up the blood.
- Keep your injury elevated.
- Use an antibiotic cream to help fight off the infection.
- Apply a sterile bandage to your injury.
After you have tended to your dog bite at home to stop the initial bleeding and injury, you should go and see a medical professional. Dog bites are serious and can lead to other harmful diseases. Even if you feel like it is healing at home, it is still a good idea to get a professional opinion.
If you have been injured from a dog bite in the Allentown or Philadelphia area, you should care for it responsibly. A dog bite is serious and you have legal rights. To learn more about your rights, call the skilled attorneys at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo at 888-807-WORK for their expertise in dog injury cases.