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Preventing severe scarring after a dog bite

If people have been the victims of a dog attack in Connecticut, their injuries may be prone to severe scarring depending on the severity of the attack. Even in situations where the animal bite was relatively minor, improper care could increase a person's chance of experiencing the discomfort and self-consciousness that comes with having scars. 

Even once the pain has begun to subside, people should be careful about the way they choose to care for their wounds in order to provide their body with the adequate environment to heal as normally as possible. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the dressings an injured person applies to their wound should be changed frequently to keep the bandages clean and dry. The use of some type of petroleum jelly can keep the wound site moist and help to prevent cracking and tearing of the skin as it heals. 

In cases where an animal bite was severe and a victim's injuries required intensive recovery, scarring is usually inevitable. In cases of severe scarring, Web MD suggests higher-intensity treatment options to reduce the visibility of large scars. Some of these treatments include:

  • Laser resurfacing
  • Filler Injections
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgery
  • Radiotherapy
  • Microneedling

While many people may think that scars are part of a wound's healing, they actually do not form at all until a wound is completely healed. When the body's deep tissue is damaged, it develops a new layer of skin that is constructed of collagen fibers which will create a different appearance than the surrounding skin. 

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