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Bites and the ER – Should You Seek Care at an Aurora Hospital?

It can be difficult to determine when to seek medical treatment for various types of bites, as many can be treated with first aid at home. However certain types of animal and insect bites may necessitate a trip to the emergency room. You know you body better than anyone. If you sense something is seriously wrong, visit the closest Aurora ER immediately. 

When to go to the ER for animal/insect bites 

Cat, dog, wildlife and human bites

Most victims of these types of animal bites are children, who are also most susceptible to bites from other children. When dealing with animal bites, tetanus and rabies are serious factors that should be considered; a visit to the ER could make all the difference. Seek out an emergency room near you in the following situations: 

  • Cat Bites: Cat bites can easily become infected, especially if the bite is on the hand or a joint.
  • Bites in the face, hand or joint: These areas are highly susceptible to infection and underlying tissue damage, and should be taken seriously.
  • Rabies and tetanus: It is possible to contract rabies or tetanus from bites from wild or feral animals, including livestock, and shots may be necessary.
  • Human bites and viral transmission: Human bites that break skin can lead to a viral infection and should be examined and treated. 

Spider, insect and snake bites

There are only a small handful of spiders venomous enough to trouble humans in Colorado. Brown recluse spiders are not native to this state, however the black widow is. These spiders are shy, easy to recognize and bites are uncommon. Similarly there are only two types of poisonous snakes in Colorado, and only one present throughout the state. However, a visit to the ER may be necessary in the following situations: 

  • Spider bites: While black widow spider bites are uncommon, there is a large population in Denver. Emergency care may be necessary if you display any of symptoms below:
    • Vomiting
    • Severe cramping
    • Redness and warmth around the bite
    • Drainage from the bite
    • Severe pain, from the bite or anywhere in the body
  • 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. 

Aurora emergency room care for bites

The Medical Center of Aurora is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for bites and other urgent medical needs. Our staff is comprised of board-certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses who are committed to creating a patient-centered environment. In fact, our team is dedicated to seeing each and every Aurora ER patient within 10 minutes.