Dog Bite Pain

Dog bite pain is the most immediate consequence of a dog bite. If there is pain in the area of the dog bite, but the skin is not broken, it is important to seek medical attention, as there may be nerve or tissue damage beneath the skin. If the skin is broken, there is a risk that infection may develop. The wound from a dog bite should be cleaned thoroughly and immediately, in spite of the pain.

Causes of Dog Bite Pain

Dog bites can inflict different types of damage and pain depending on the site of the bite and the size and breed of dog. Dogs have blunt teeth, so a bite may cause more pain from crushed bones, damage to muscle or tendons, or injured nerves than from broken skin. Infection from a dog bite wound can also cause severe pain, so the wound should be carefully monitored and cleaned to prevent infection until it begins to heal.

Treating Dog Bite Pain

It is up to the victim of a dog bite to decide whether to seek medical treatment for dog bite pain. If the dog bite is severe, affecting a large area or going through layers of skin and into tissue, medical treatment is advised. Medical treatment may also be desired if the site of the dog bite is a high risk area for infection or damage, such as the face, neck, or hands.

Home Treatment

If the patient opts for home treatment, the dog bite should be cleaned as well as possible using soap and water. Cleansing the wound and covering it may eliminate some of the dog bite pain. If pain is unbearable, the patient may benefit from taking an over-the-counter pain killer or using a topical pain reliever.

Medical Treatment

If the patient opts for medical treatment for dog bite pain, professionals will usually use a topical anesthetic to ease the dog bite pain. If the dog bite pain is extreme or if the victim is a young child, general anesthesia may be administered. The medics will then cleanse the wound as thoroughly as possible using a saline solution and remove any excess skin, blood clots, or other obstructions in order to examine the dog bite. After examination, professionals will decide upon the best way to treat the dog bite pain, including whether surgery or antibiotics are needed.

Recovering From Dog Bite Pain

Dog bites vary greatly, and the amount of time it takes for dog bite pain to subside can differ. If damage is minimal, dog bite pain may go away when the wound heals. If damage is substantial and results in permanent disabilities, the dog bite pain may necessitate lifelong treatment.

 

 

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