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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Dog Bites (Overview)

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Do a lot of people get dog bites?

Do a lot of people get dog bites?

About a million a yr: Reported. I'm curious why ask this question? ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Dog Bites (Overview)

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
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Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
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Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
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What are the tests for dog bites?

Look at the site...: If it looks like a dog bite, and the person bitten confirms it's a dog bite, then no further testing is necessary. If it requires treatment, then most doctors will simply prescribe the antibiotics most likely to kill the germs typically found in a dog bite without doing further testing. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a dog bite to the hand?

What should I do to treat a dog bite to the hand?

Clean well/check dog: Immediately clean the bite with copious amounts of water & antibacterial soap and or peroxide. If the bite pierced the interspaces of your fingers or anywhere near a ligament, have it checked by your pcp or an urgent care clinic tomorrow. If the dog is not up on his shots, you need to contact local authorities about the rabies issue.Some locals require all dog bites be reported. ...Read more

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I treated my dog bite with alcohol and peroxide is that sufficient?

I treated my dog bite with alcohol and peroxide is that sufficient?

Maybe: First, do you know the dog and has it had rabies shots. If not then i'd have the dog quarantined or euthanized and examined for rabies. Rabies is uncommon but fatal if not treated. Next, get a tetanus shot if you haven't had one in the past 5yrs. No alcohol or peroxide. Copious soap and water should be good enough. If it turns red or drains pus see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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What is a treatment for dog bite?

What is a treatment for dog bite?

If bitten by dog ;: Wound is minor - wash w soap ; water, apply antibiotic ointment ; cover w bandaid /bandage. 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 you are bitten by wild animal or there ^’ed rabies risk obtain care asap. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for dog bites?

What are the best treatments for dog bites?

Clean /ID dog: Dog bites can become infected with bacteria from the skin or dogs mouth.Rabies is rarely passed by a provoked bite, but verification of the dogs rabies vaccination or confinement of the dog is needed.Clean immediately with antibacterial soap, verify pts tetanus immune status & seek anti rabies rx if dog cannot be found & local consultants agree. Some wounds, like the hand or deep may need abx early. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of severe dog bite scares on my arm?

How can I get rid of severe dog bite scares on my arm?

Scars: Scars are permanent, but can be improved over time. Massage, silicone creams (like biocorneum), and sunscreen, will all help. See a plastic surgeon for additional advice. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my dog bites until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my dog bites until I can see a doctor?

Peroxide and bandage: If the wound is minor, clean the wound immediately with warm soapy water and peroxide. Apply a clean bandage and head to the er. If you have serious bleeding or a severe injury head straight to the er. Severe infections and other problems are not uncommon and are best evaluated asap. You will need antibiotics. Have someone call animal control to evaluate the animal which caused the injury. ...Read more

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