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Doctor insights on: Medicine For Dog Bites

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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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How do dog bites heal?

How do dog bites heal?

Healing dog bites: Dog bites are dirty, therefore infection is a problem. Dog bites should be cleaned, debrided and depending on the area of the body left open or loosely stitched. It they are stitched they should be watched closely and if there is any signs of infection the wound should be opened. After a few days when the chance of infection is passed they will heal like any other wound. ...Read more

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How dangerous are dog bites?

How dangerous are dog bites?

Variable: Dog bites are common and can be painful and damaging especially when on the face. The danger is to any sensitive structure damaged by the teeth of the dog and the aggressiveness of the dog (how many bites were received). So some bites are minor and accidental and others serious related to how aggressive the dog was. ...Read more

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What to do when dog bites you?

What to do when dog bites you?

ER: If you have a dig bite that breaks the skin or penetrates the tissues you should seek medical attention to evaluate the wound and treat it appropriately you would need antibiotics. If the skin is not broken then you can clean the area yourself and put some antibiotic creme on it and it will heal. ...Read more

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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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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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How to shower if I have dog bites?

How to shower if I have dog bites?

Soap and water: Rinse, rinse, rinse.
Triple antibiotic ointment after
call your doctor if getting more red and swollen around it. ...Read more

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How can you shower with dog bites?

Dog bite wound care: You can shower and wet your dog bite anytime... And in fact I would encourage it if you already haven't done so. I hope you have already healed and that your scars are acceptable. If not, you can always see a plastic surgeon in consideration of scar revisions. ...Read more

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What illnesses come from dog bites?

What illnesses come from dog bites?

Infection: With bacteria (e.g. Pasturella or tetanus) or virus (e.g. Rabies), scar, injury to adjacent structures. A lot depends on size, depth, and location of bite, so it is best to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What should you do if your dog bites you?

What should you do if your dog bites you?

Usually yes!: About 30-40% of dog bites will become infected requiring antibiotics but more importantly, the area of the bite needs to be evaluated for extensive cleaning and possible repair and tetanus status needs to be determined. Also, the dog's immunization status needs to be known. For an unknown status, rabies may need to be considered depending on whether you area is known to harbor canine rabies. ...Read more

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Can you recommend what to do when a dog bites?

Can you recommend what to do when a dog bites?

Wound care/dog issue: Wash the wound out wit copious amounts of water & antiseptic soap, apply abx ointment, note your own tetanus status. If the wound penetrated any web space in your hand see a dr. Verify the dogs rabies status, if not current, impound it. Many locals require dog bites be reported to the sheriff if not your family dog. Local authorities can provide rabies information if needed. ...Read more

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Can dog bites make me get worms?

Can dog bites make me get worms?

Dog bites: ....Are more likely to cause very painful bacterial infections that require specific antibiotic treatments than they are to transmit worms. ...Read more

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What to do with dog bites that have broken the skin?

What to do with dog bites that have broken the skin?

Like any injury...: Wash with soap and water. Check for tissue damage. Dog bites are pretty clean (for animal bites) so a small bite it's not usually a problem. If there it's more damage or cuts, see a doctor. If it's an old bite and it's getting more red or painful, get seen now. ...Read more

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What to do about dog bites that have broken the skin?

What to do about dog bites that have broken the skin?

Wound care/dog issue: Wash the wound out wit copious amounts of water & antiseptic soap, apply abx ointment, note your own tetanus status. If the wound penetrated any web space in your hand see a dr. Verify the dogs rabies status, if not current, impound it. Many locals require dog bites be reported to the sheriff if not your family dog. Local authorities can provide rabies information if needed. ...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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I want a cream for dog bites scars?

I want a cream for dog bites scars?

Don't waste your $$$: The only cream worth buying is sunblock to protect the scar from becoming too dark while it is maturing. It is mature when it no longer is even slightly pink. Don't waste a lot of money. There is no good scientific proof that any cream will make the scars heal better or faster. Millions are spent on advertising various creams, lotions, notions and potions so buyer beware. ...Read more

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How dangerous are dog bites on the hand?

How dangerous are dog bites on the hand?

Can be dangerous: Any bite to the hand from dog, cat or human can be dangerous and should be cleaned and possibly explored surgically. There are a large number of very important structures in the hand as well as a risk of spread of infection that can be devastating if untreated. If in doubt have your doctor evaluate it. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my dog bites?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my dog bites?

Beware "cheap": 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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What would the ER do for a 56-year old male with dog bites?

What would the ER do for a 56-year old male with dog bites?

An ER would likely: Provide wound care, tetanus shot if indicated, antibiotics in some situations and determine if rabies shots were medically indicated. ...Read more