Animal Bite

An animal bite is known as a wound, puncture, or laceration caused by the animal's teeth. It results in a break on the skin. It is treated by applying antibacterial ointment to the wound. It also includes contusions from the excessive pressure produced on the body tissue due to a bite.

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I observed scratches on my hand after waking up, but I do not have any pain or swelling. Can these be rat bites?

Query: Hello doctor, When I got up from sleep today, I found two scratches and small wounds on my right hand. I am not sure, but I may have scratched myself in my sleep. I suspect a rat had bit or scratched me while I was asleep. I have attached two images of my hand. Please see them and let me know if it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. I looked at the images you attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). And they are not rat bites. No need to worry about it. You do not need to take any vaccine. I hope this has helped you o...  Read Full »

I am bitten by something and the area looks red. How can I be treated?

Query: Hello doctor,Three days ago, I think I was bitten by something in my sleep. It does not seem to subside on its own, so I am not sure what to do. The area looks red and is kind of warm. It feels like a bruise. I do not have any fever or weakness. I feel like this is something serious, but I am not su...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your concern may be paederus dermatitis. I suggest you try Linical lotion (calamine) along with hydrocortisone cream. Apply them twice daily to the affected area. Regards.   Read Full »

I got touched by puppy's teeth without wound. Is it infectious?

Query: Hello doctor, A 45-day-old street puppy's teeth touched my finger yesterday but there was no bleeding. Puppy is also fine. What should I do? Please advise me.  Read Full »

Dr. Diwanshu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Just tell me whether the puppy's teeth just touched your finger or you got wound also? In case, you just got a touch, then nothing to do but in case, you got a wound then keep the wound clean. Keep a check on the dog also. Meet nearby doctor in case you have a wound. A ...  Read Full »

Can I get rabies from patting a stray cat?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to get rabies from patting a stray cat and then eating without washing hands? The cat's fur was not moist or wet nor was the cat being aggressive. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies does not spread that way. There is absolutely no chance to get rabies that way. Generally, it is the bite from a rabid dog or a cat that causes rabies since rabies virus is present in saliva.   Read Full »

I was bitten by a horse nine hours back, which has left a little bruise on my arm. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor, I received a horse bite on the underside of my arm about nine hours ago. Skin grazed and a bit bruised. I got into a bit of shock, but after a quick sit down and small sips from a drink, I felt better (I had not eaten beforehand). I just want to know if there is anything I should be conce...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 1. Mouths of all animals and humans have bacteria. You should take antibiotics. 2. You should have tetanus immunoglobulin and a vaccine depending upon local guidelines. 3. Very rarely, horse bite may transmit rabies. So depending upon local guidelines, the anti-rabies...  Read Full »

A Stray dog bit me 24 years back. Should I get the vaccine now?

Query: Hi doctor, I need your suggestions. I remember a couple of occasions during my early childhood when a dog bit me. The first one was around 24 years back when a stray dog bit me. There was no visible wound or scratches on the bitten area. There was no bleeding during the incident. The second one was...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Unless you have bitten, scratched, or bruised by a dog, rabies-unvaccinated, or your wound and bleeding has occurred recently, you need to worry and take post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) of anti-rabies vaccination and immunoglobulins injectio...  Read Full »

I am seven months pregnant and have got a tick bite. What precautions should I take?

Query: Hello doctor, I am seven months pregnant and I have got a tick bite. I also have a pet dog who bites me, but he is fully vaccinated. What precautions should I take?  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. However, I suggest you stay away from animals for the next two to three months and take the tetanus toxoid (consult a specialist doctor, talk with him or her, and take medications with their consent).  Read Full »

Will scar revision work give me a virtually invisible scar?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been bitten by a dog three months ago. I have multiple scars but the worst one is above the upper lip. Unfortunately, I went to a dermatologist recommended by family and he insisted to apply Yag Laser at 55 days post-bite. I asked if it was not too soon but he said it was harmless a...  Read Full »

Dr. Pavan N Murdeshwar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, sorry for the unfortunate events you are going through. I have seen your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The first scar was definitely a small linear one which could have been corrected by few non-interventional methods than t...  Read Full »

What is the correct treatment for monkey bites in my child?

Query: Hello doctor, A child, 2 years and six months old, was given the first two doses of Rabipur (anti-rabies vaccine) on the scheduled date, that is the zero and third day of the monkey bite. However, due to lack of knowledge, both the times, it was given in the gluteal region. The third dose was given...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello doctor, I went through your post. Your child had an animal bite, for which he is receiving post-exposure prophylaxis for rabies. The rabies prophylaxis consists of two steps: Human rabies immunoglobulin is given (20 mcg/kg) around the injury site.  Anti-rabies vaccine (ARV) is given on day z...  Read Full »

Can rabies spread by sharing a drink?

Query: Hello doctor,My roommate was scratched very lightly by a stray cat the other day. Then a couple of days later, I shared a drink with her. Could I get rabies?  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies does not get transmitted by drinking. It is transmitted by a direct bite or scratch from an infected animal. Rest assured that eating or drinking does not transmit rabies. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq...  Read Full »

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