|Effects of a Dog Bite|
|Dog Bite - Dog Bite 2008|
|Written by Frank Mangano|
|Tuesday, 11 March 2008 04:35|
There are many different types of dog bites from a small scratch to one that can break the skin. The dog bites that break through the skin are the most serious and need to be monitored and treated accordingly to avoid infections of many different types and rabies. Of course most household pets have been immunized against rabies, but when you are bitten by a dog, strange or known, you can not risk assuming that the dog does not have rabies. Not only is rabies a big concern, but tetanus also needs to be considered. Clostridium tetani is the microbe that causes tetanus and it easily infects wounds, especially puncture wounds such as a dog bite.
Children are the ones who are at the most severe risk of dog bites and most commonly children under the age of five years old. Children at this age do not understand the difference between a friendly dog and a dog to avoid and many times they are attacked so severely that hospitalization is required. For a young child, a dog bite can be life threatening because it does not take long for the infection or rabies molecule to travel through the blood stream and affect their nervous system.
When it comes to dog bites, there are many different healing remedies that can be carried out from your own home. Depending on the severity of the bite you may want to consider visiting the hospital as well to confirm no rabies or infection exists in the wound.
The following dosages are recommended for adults. For children between the ages of twelve and seventeen, use three-quarters of the recommended amount. For children between six and twelve years of age, use one-half the recommended amount and for children under six years of age, use only one-quarter of the recommended dosage.
In most cases when a dog bite is reported, the dog must then be kept under watch for signs of rabies for a number of days to follow. This is a regular precaution to make sure that the victim has no chance of contracting this disease in the future.
If you choose to visit your physician for treatment you will find that they will prescribe you an oral antibiotic as well as a tetanus booster if your immune records are not up to date. Remember, antibiotics will destroy the “friendly” bacteria so be sure to supplement with acidophilus to ensure the good bacteria is replaced. Always inform your physician of any supplements or herbs you may have taken to combat infection in your dog bite.
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