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63 y.o. otherwise healthy male recieved a bite on the right

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63 y.o. otherwise healthy male recieved a bite on the right calf when handing a package to dogs owner. Otherwise friendly dog. 2 medium size puncture wounds, with several small wounds. Should I take an antibiotic? If so what kind what ,what dose and for how long? Wound was treated accordingly, but 2 days out severe pain, swelling continues.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your question.
I am Dr Saha, I shall try my best to help you.

I am sorry for your suffering.

It is likely that you would need antibiotic orally.

It will need an examination by your doctor & prescription.

Exact antibiotic can be decided after examination only.

Usually it is from penicillin group like amoxicillin-clavulanate or cephalosporin group like keflex.

Antibiotic can be needed for a week or more depending on the type of wound contamination.

You can continue antibiotic cream like neosporin.

You can take antiinflammatory analgesics like motrin or naproxen, if there is no other contraindication.
Warm application can be soothing.

Please keep the leg elevated whenever possible.

You would not likely need vaccine as it was not a stray dog.

Still, you need to get it confirmed.

I hope this information helps.
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