Help with Hardening or Thickening of Dog Bite Scar

My husband was bitten by a dog 2 weeks ago. He had a deep puncture wound. Is it normal to have hardening or thickening of the area (several inches around) 14 days after the incident? What can be done to help?

Doctor Answers 1

It may get worse before it gets better

Any scar tends to get thicker harder and redder over the 1st 4-6 weeks. Then it tends to soften and lighten up over 1 year or so. A dog bite can be full of bacteria, make sure it is not infected. There are some good scar treatments such as injection of steroids, use of a topical agent (such as scar guard) and laser treatments.


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