People say that the human mouth is a lot more germ-filled than the mouth of a canine. Most the time, they’d be right. That general belief leads to the question, “Can a dog bite get infected?”
Dogs help their own wounds heal when they lick them. It’s a legitimate question. Some people believe that a dog licking a human’s wound will help it heal faster.
Even if that’s true, it’s possible for a dog bite to get infected.
Signs A Dog Bite Might Be Infected
The first sign generally notice is the wound begins to get red and puffy around the outside edges. This redness is accompanied by heat. If you put your hand over the wounded area, it will feel hotter than normal.
Some redness, swelling and itching is normal during the healing process. Warm and swollen wounds on the other hand indicate an infection is present.
If there is puss coming out of the wound, or the area is extra tender, then you want to get the dog bite looked at by a medical professional. A loss of sensation around the bite, or if you can’t use the limb that was bitten as usual, you could be facing an infection.
Additionally, if you have a fever, night sweats or your lymph nodes are swelling up, then you need to get checked out.
How To Treat An Infected Dog Bite
If you want to know how to treat an infected dog bite naturally, then you must make sure that you don’t have a severe infection. You need to get checked out by a physician if you did’t do that when you were injured.
There are several dog infection bacteria that can negatively impact your health. You may need a tetanus shot, antibiotics, or in rare cases a series of rabies shots.
If you were cleared or have completed medical treatment for major infection, you can treat your dog bite naturally.
Natural Dog Bite Treatments
Chamomile Tea- take this tea and mix it with some Aloe Vera juice and a little sea salt. Applying this to the wound will help it heal faster.
Lavender Tea– Lavender is great for soothing skin irritations. Mix this tea with some sea salt and put it on your wound to help soothe it.
Sea Salt Water- Unrefined sea salt mixed with water can cleanse and heal wounds. Use about 2 tablespoons of salt to half a cup of water.
Virgin Coconut Oil- Virgin coconut oil is great for healing. It contains fatty acids that fight viruses, bacteria, parasites, yeast and infections.
Sunlight- Sunshine can help us heal. Limit sun exposure time, so you don’t get burned. But the rays of the sun can aid in healing.