How to Effectively Treat Dog Bite Scars
Posted August 2018 by Biodermis
Dogs have been our favorite traveling, working, and playing companions for many generations. The origin and domestication of dogs are points still disputed by scientists, with estimates ranging between 10,000 and 30,000 years ago. But while dogs nowadays are often bred for their cuteness and docile nature, they still carry genetic similarities with the wolf. There’s no wonder, then, why dogs sometimes lash out at humans when provoked, scared, or excited. This isn’t reason to love our canine friends any less. But it’s smart to be prepared for the rare chance that you or a loved one is bitten by a dog. A dog bite, if severe enough, can lead to significant scarring on the face or body. Luckily, clinically-proven scar management solutions are readily available and easily attainable online
Continue reading to learn more about dog bite scars and to discover safe and effective scar therapy products.
Why do dogs bite people?
There are a number of reasons why a dog might bite a person, whether it’s their owner or a complete stranger. Dogs are naturally territorial animals, so when something they perceive as theirs becomes threatened, they often turn to aggression. Particularly when it comes to food, toys, or some other object that has caught their attention, dogs don’t want it taken. The same principles apply to us—we don’t like things taken without our permission, so why take possessions from a dog? Unless you have trained your dog to give up their possessions upon command, it’s best to let them have their way.
It’s important to be cautious around your dog when playing rough, especially when it comes to inexperienced or large dogs. When a dog becomes overly excited, it’s common for him or her to nibble or bite in a playful manner. But dogs often times don’t know their limits and can end up biting too hard. It’s a good idea to teach your dog the rules of play early on, especially if you have a baby or young child in the house. The same pet awareness applies to when your dog is scared, ill, or distressed, as these are times when a dog is more likely to attack a person. Dogs are social animals, so allowing them time to play with other dogs and people can lower their chances of acting aggressively.
Scar treatment and management
Like any other wound, dog bites can lead to scar development if the trauma pierces the middle layer of the skin, also known as the dermis. Scar formation is the final stage of an intricate and dynamic wound healing process. Collagen, the most abundant structural protein in the human body, plays an integral role in scar development. When the skin is damaged, fibroblast cells synthesize massive amounts of collagen to fill in the open wound and rebuild the cellular structure of the skin. This is part of a normal and healthy wound healing response, but it can also lead to collagen buildup and scar tissue overgrowth. Such overgrowth is the leading cause of keloids and hypertrophic scar formations. What many people don’t know is that scar formation can persist for up to a year or longer after the initial onset of the wound. No matter how old a scar is, there is still a chance that its appearance can be improved with treatment.
Over 30 years ago, scar management was revolutionized with the emergence of silicone gel technology. Through the use of silicone gel sheeting and silicone sticks, the user is granted control over the moisture and oxygen levels at the wound site. The semipermeable nature of silicone helps to hydrate the scar bed while allowing an appropriate amount of oxygen to be present in the targeted area. This perfect balance of moisture and oxygen, also known as homeostasis, scales back collagen production to normal levels. This has the effect of flattening and smoothing scars, helping them blend in with the surrounding tissue.
Topical silicone for scar management is safe, effective, and trusted by surgeons and dermatologists around the world. Clinical studies affirm the efficacy of medical grade silicone, and products can be easily purchased online today.
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