If you are victim of an animal bite or an insect bite, it can difficult to know whether or not to go to a hospital in Denver. Many minor bites can be treated at home, but depending on the offending animal or insect, and where the bite occurred, emergency treatment may be in order.
Dog, cat, pet and other animal bites
Children are the most common group to be bitten by dogs, cats and other pets. They are also the most at risk of being bitten by other children. If you or your child is bitten, emergency care may be necessary in the following situations:
- Cat bites: Cat bites are typically deep and can easily become infected, especially when occurring on the hand or near a joint. A cat bite will need treatment with antibiotics.
- Bites in the hand, face, or joints: Both cat and dog bites to the face, hands or joint tissue can cause underlying damage and infection.
- Risk of rabies or tetanus: Bat Bites always warrant an emergency room visit. Wild or feral animal bites, even livestock bites, carry the risk of rabies and tetanus. Follow-up shots may be necessary.
- Risk of viral transmission: When child bites break the skin, viruses can be passed. It is always smart to have a bite from another person checked by a doctor.
Snake, spider and insect bites
Some snakes, spiders and insects can be very poisonous.
- Snake bite: If bitten, unless you are certain the snake is not poisonous, immediately seek emergency treatment and be prepared to describe the snake to the medical staff.
- Spider bite: The Denver metro area is known to have a population of black widow spiders. If you believe you have been bitten and you notice any of the following symptoms, seek emergency care:
- Redness and warmth around the bite
- Drainage from the bite
- Severe pain at the bite location or elsewhere in the body
- Severe cramping or tension
Experienced Denver emergency room care
Rose Medical Center is close to home and able to treat severe animal or insect bites. In addition to providing exceptional treatment of chest pain, suspected stroke, abdominal pain and orthopedic injuries, Rose Medical Center is a Level IV trauma center, capable of handling a variety of severe injuries and ailments. Additionally, the full-time OB hospitalists at Rose are experts in dealing with pregnancy related issues. To give patients quick access to high-quality care at a top Denver ER, Rose Medical Center continually works to beat the national average wait time.