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Accidentally bite or scratch by dog

Answered by: Dr Sashini Seeni

Last Updated: January 16, 2021 6:31 AM

Anonymous 39 days

Yesterday I play with my dog and it accidentally scratch/bite my hand make me have a 0.5cm of wound. The wound is small (0.1cm x 0.5cm) and the wound is superficial, it’s starting scab today. My dog is look healthy so far.

Do I need to inject rabies vaccine? I am worry about even 0.1cm x 0.5cm wound will make me get rabies and die.

Dr Sashini Seeni 39 days
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for your questions.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding your symptoms and other health problems you might be facing. For your information, you may require antibiotic prophylaxis to avoid infection. Dog bites can introduce dangerous bacteria into the body. This can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to occur when left untreated. It is very important to wash the wound as soon as you’re bitten and to use topical antibiotics, such as povidone iodine, in and around broken skin. Infections can spread quickly throughout the body. Therefore, please refer to health professionals regarding the antibiotic needed. However, if you are bitten by a dog that shows signs of rabies, such as foaming at the mouth or acting erratically, you should get a rabies vaccine.

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor for full examination. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. Thank you.

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