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A 17-year-old female asked:

I got bit by a dog on my hand. it swelled a lot and bled.the doctor said to get an x-ray but advil (ibuprofen) made it feel fine. should i still get an x-ray?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 35 years experience
Dog bite: X-rays can help identify gas formation in tissues (from some bacterial infections) and can also help identify bone infection (osteomyelitis). Also x-rays may show retained foreign bodies such as a broken off tooth fragment. Take the advice of the examining physician. Infection with a bacteria called pasturella is common and early treatment with an antibiotic "augmentin" is typically recommend.
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Last updated Nov 6, 2013

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