Many different types of injuries can become infected. Dog bites are notorious for this, for instance. But cuts and lacerations suffered in a car accident could also become infected. Even broken bones could lead to infection if they don’t heal properly.
In some situations, the infection becomes much more serious than the initial injury. A dog bite may simply have led to scarring in most cases, but an infection could cause the condition to potentially turn fatal. What are some of the signs that you should look for to see if you have a serious infection?
The onset of a fever
First and foremost, if you have a fever, that could be an indication that an infection has begun. In many cases, this is the only sign that you’re going to see. The fever is your body attempting to fight off the infection.
The injury gets worse
The onset of new pain and discomfort is also a major red flag. If there’s any pus, heat, pain or discomfort at the injury site, keep an eye on it. It’s natural for an injury to cause residual pain, of course, but it could be an infection if it seems like things are getting worse instead of better.
Other physical signs
Additionally, you just want to look for any physical changes that shouldn’t be connected to the injury. Examples include things like a stiff neck, increased urination, a sore throat, shortness of breath, chills and sweats and much more. Talk to a medical professional instead of simply assuming that it’s a minor issue.
If it does turn out that you have a serious infection, you could end up facing significant medical expenses. You need to know how to seek financial compensation from the party that caused your injury in the first place.