Animal Bite complications
Animal Bite

  • Domestic animals, such as dogs and cats, are responsible for the majority of animal bites. While dogs cause more bite injuries, cat bites are more likely to become infected.
  • Rabies is caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system. It can be transmitted by bites and scratches from an infected animal, often a dog.
  • A brain abscess forms when fungi, viruses, or bacteria reach your brain through a wound in your head or an infection somewhere else in your body.
  • A bone infection may occur when bacteria or fungi invade the bone, causing many symptoms, including fever, redness, stiffness, and swelling.
  • Bacterial joint inflammation is an infection in a joint. It's also known as septic arthritis. It can cause rapid cartilage deterioration and bone damage.
  • One life-threatening complication of infection is sepsis, which often occurs in people who are elderly or have weak immune systems. Patches of discolored skin is a symptom of severe sepsis.
  • A skin abscess, sometimes also known as a boil, is a bump on the skin, usually filled with translucent fluid. These are caused by bacterial infection and are generally harmless.
  • Endocarditis is inflammation of the inner lining of the heart. Possible symptoms of this condition include pale skin, chills, and night sweats.
  • A lumbar puncture is a medical procedure usually performed to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. The procedure is sometimes referred to as a spinal tap.
  • Meningitis is an inflammation of the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. It may cause headache and fever in teens and adults, irritability in babies, and trouble breathing in young children.
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