After the first exposure from a dog bite, the symptoms of itching or discomfort like pins and needles pricking the skin occur at the dog bite area. In addition, the person may develop a fever and headaches; these symptoms usually last anywhere from two days to potentially weeks. There’s an acute phase of the disease and that begins to set in any time from two days and longer. The National Institute of Health suggest that the average incubation or latent incubation period can last anywhere from three to seven weeks but those symptoms may not appear for even longer. Other symptoms that you may have if you’ve contracted rabies from a bite include anxiety, stress or tension, delirium, convulsions, extreme sensation at the bite site, hallucinations, loss of feeling in that area of the body or loss of muscle function, fevers, muscle spasms, numbness and tingling, difficulty swallowing. If the symptoms persist it is potentially fatal so you need to seek treatment as quickly as possible from the time you have been bitten.
What are the risks of a dog bite?
The risks of a dog bite potentially are harm to muscles or tendons or bone if the bite is significant enough or deep enough. If it’s not, if it’s broken the skin, you run a risk of infection or rabies. Treatment needs to be undertaken as quickly as possible from the date of the dog bite and will usually require some sort of antibiotic or potentially a tetanus shot to prevent rabies.