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Recognizing signs of capnocytophaga after a dog bite

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2024 | Animal Bites

Dog bites can result in several complications, including infections caused by bacteria like Capnocytophaga. After a bite, specific signs indicating a Capnocytophaga infection may manifest.

Recognizing these signs promptly can help people bitten by dogs avert serious health complications.

Fever and chills

A common sign of Capnocytophaga is the onset of fever and chills. If you or your child has an unexplained fever after a dog bite, it may indicate an underlying infection. Additionally, chills and shaking may accompany the fever, signaling that your body is fighting off an infection.

Redness and swelling around the wound

Another indication of Capnocytophaga infection is redness and swelling around the bite wound. The area may appear red and tender to the touch. The redness may also spread beyond the immediate vicinity of the wound.

Blisters and pustules

In some cases, Capnocytophaga infection can cause blisters or pustules to form around the bite wound. These fluid-filled lesions may be painful. They may also rupture, leading to the spread of bacteria and further infection. If you observe blisters or pustules developing after a dog bite, consult a health care professional for evaluation and treatment.

Fatigue or weakness

Capnocytophaga infection can lead to symptoms of fatigue or weakness. You may feel unusually tired or lethargic, even with adequate rest. These symptoms can interfere with daily activities and may worsen without treatment.

While dog bites can cause Capnocytophaga infection, they can also lead to other complications, including bacterial infections, cellulitis and osteomyelitis. Seeking prompt medical care is necessary for identifying and treating infections and other possible complications that can arise after dog bites.