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how can i treat a dog bite on nose?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If bitten by a dog &: Wound is minor - wash w soap &water, apply antibiotic ointment &cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in last 10 years or your don’t know. For more serious wound or possible infection, apply pressure &obtain urgent care. Per mayo clinic, if last tetanus shot was > 5 years ago &wound is “deep or dirty”, a booster shot may be recommended. If there is ^’ed rabies >.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How can I heal a dog bite on nose?

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Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Avoid infection: Key to healing is to avoid infection. Clean the wound daily and treat with antibiotic ointment. Once wound is closed silicone sheeting, or gel dressings will help reduce scaring. If infection developed you need to be on antibiotics to avoid cartilage involvement. Fortunately nose is well vascularized so usually heals well. If necessary follow up with plastic surgeon.

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