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What does it mean if you have a fever after a dog bite?

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2022 | Injuries |

You’re out for a run when a dog bites your leg. It happens very quickly. Someone else was walking their dog on the trail without a leash, and you came around the corner and surprised it. The dog snapped at you and then ran away.

You went home and cleaned it and wrapped the wound. It was already late in the day, so you went to bed, and you hoped that it would feel better in the morning. But a few days have gone by, and it doesn’t seem to have gotten better, and now you have a fever. What could this mean?

Your bite has become infected

A fever or related symptoms, such as night sweats or chills, can mean that the dog bite has become infected. Even though you cleaned it out yourself, some bacteria may have stayed in the wound, perhaps because it’s a puncture wound that is very deep. This has led to infection over time, and your condition is now growing worse.

Nothing is more important than seeking out professional medical care. You have to take infections seriously. Untreated, they can spread or grow worse and worse until you experience mobility issues and permanent damage. You need to go to the hospital and let doctors treat you so that they can attempt to stop the infection and cure the wound.

This may mean that your dog bite becomes far more expensive than you thought it was going to be. That’s when it’s important for you to look into your rights to financial compensation. You may be able to get this compensation if it is shown that the other party was responsible.