A dog bite can put you in the hospital with serious pain and suffering. It can lead to infection, and you may need follow-up medical treatment. There are potentially serious physical ramifications.
It is important to remember that the physical injuries may not heal entirely. One of the biggest complications is the development of scars that can lead to permanent disfigurement. This can make you feel self-conscious, it can impact your employment prospects and it can even change your personal relationships.
Here are a few tips that can reduce scarring after a bite:
- Apply anti-bacterial ointment every day. This not only helps to fight off potential infections, but it also keeps the skin moist and helps it heal.
- Gently clean off the injury site daily. Keep it bandaged up so that dirt and germs cannot touch the injured area. Simple cleanliness goes a long way toward helping your body heal effectively.
- Change the bandage each day. Leaving it on for a long time may be tempting because it is less work. However, it is important to take it off, clean the area, apply ointment and then put a new bandage on.
- Always listen to your doctor's orders. Even if you think your injury is healing well, keep following any instructions about caring for the wound, having stitches removed and everything else.
Most scars will fade. It just takes time. These tips can help speed up that process, but always remember that time is on your side.
If you do suffer from severe scarring and disfigurement, though, make sure you know what legal rights you have. You may be entitled to compensation.