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A german shepherd bit down on my arm, but didn't break the skin. i have a hard slightly purple lump there now that's sore and warm. should i see a dr?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
A Verified Doctoranswered
33 years experience
Not a worry: Hi. If there was no break in the skin, it's not a worry. I would still wash it well, but no skin break - no infection risk. You have a deep bruise (a "hematoma"). It will go away on its own with time. If it worsens, get to your doc. Good luck! And bad dog!
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