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Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Not likely: Walk in clinics are generally set up to handle acute, "one time" episodes like strep throat, sinus infections, and utis as an example. Ideally, you want to find a good pcp or psychiatrist to spend the time with you to talk through your symptoms, possibly prescribe meds and be available for follow up. Check this app (healthtap) or healthgrades for a list of docs in your area. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
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Animal Bite (Definition)

Animal bites is an injury in which a person's skin is damaged and usually cut open by the sharp teeth of an animal. Bites can lead to infections, usually bacterial infections. Rabies is quite rare in the U.S. (just 1 or 2 cases per year) thanks to animal control programs and vaccines for ...Read more


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What is the best way to clean animal bites, dirty wounds, and puncture wounds?

What is the best way to clean animal bites, dirty wounds, and puncture wounds?

Dilution: An old saying in surgery is: "the solution to pollution is dilution." dirty wounds need to be cleaned. The easiest thing to do is run clean water over them to do so. If the wound remains dirty, then you need to seek medical attention to have it done more completely. Puncture wounds can be difficult as the "pollution" might be deep inside the tissue and not amenable to simple cleaning. ...Read more

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Please tell me, are human bites the same as animal bites?

Please tell me, are human bites the same as animal bites?

No: Human bites are prone to cause infection because the human mouth is full of bacteria. Animal bites can also cause infection, frequently with bacteria that commonly colonize the animal's mouths as well. These bacteria are frequently different than those in the human mouth. Some animal bites can cause rabies which does not occur with human bites. ...Read more

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What are the most common animal bites when camping?

What are the most common animal bites when camping?

Mosquitos.: By a landslide. Of animals with teeth, probably raccoons - they are not shy about rummaging through peoples' belongings. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to get tetanus from animal bites?

Can it be possible for you to get tetanus from animal bites?

Yes: Depending on the animal, they have often been rooting around in the dirt, and may have tetanus spores in their mouth and oral secretions.Tetanus can easily enter a bite as it would any other cut. ...Read more

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What does my doctor need to know about my son's animal bite?

What does my doctor need to know about my son's animal bite?

What, when, how.: What kind of animal? Was it wild or, domesticated? If dog or cat, what is the Rabies Vaccine status of the animal? When did it happen? How did it happen -- whether the animal was provoked or not. Where is the bite? Does someone have possession of the animal? When was your son's last tetanus shot? ...Read more

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What can happen if don't get the shot for rabies and an animal bites you?

Rabies shots: Most people do nor receive the rabies vaccination prior to animal bites except people with increased exposure due to occupation. The vaccine is given post "suspected" rabies exposure along with the rabies immune globulin, human (hrig) injection. Local wound care should also be initiated. ...Read more

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Will tetnus shot after 15 hours of animal bite still prevent infection?

Will tetnus shot after 15 hours of animal bite still prevent infection?

Yes, but...: A tetanus shot prevents only the bad effects of a tetanus infection. The shot does not prevent an infection from the other bacteria that animals carry in their mouths. Thus, if an animal bites through one's skin, a doctor can evaluate to see what treatment may be needed. Be sure the animal is one who does not, or is not likely, to carry rabies (because rabies is fatal). ...Read more

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When must I seek immediate help if I have marine animal bite or jellyfish sting?

When must I seek immediate help if I have marine animal bite or jellyfish sting?

Anaphylaxis: A severe allergic reaction as indicated by immediate swelling, respiratory distress, difficulty swallowing, hives, or excessive vomiting should prompt an immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I think I have angioedema from an animal bite. Can i take advil (ibuprofen)?

I think I have angioedema from an animal bite. Can i take advil (ibuprofen)?

Animal Bites: Animal bites can be particularly nasty wounds. The formation of "angioedema" after such an injury could be a serious anaphylactic reaction. Angioedema is often described with the lips, although it is characterized by rapid formation of hives (raised welts). Either an acute reaction or after a period of time, both symptoms after animal bites should be immediately evaluated. ...Read more

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Dr. Leila Hashemi
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Primary Care Services (Definition)

Primary care services offer medical care and advice as the patient's primary contact, and help ...Read more