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|Bites of the hand generally have a high risk for infection because of the relatively poor blood supply of many structures in the hand and anatomic considerations that make adequate cleansing of the wound difficult. In general, the better the vascular supply and the easier the wound is to clean (ie, laceration vs puncture), the lower the risk of infection.
A major concern in all bite wounds is subsequent infection. Infections can be caused by nearly any group of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, rickettsia, spirochetes, fungi). Common bacteria involved in bite wound infections include the following:
* Dog bites
o DF-2 or Capnocytophaga canimorsus
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Originally Posted by mara
Their mouths are cleaner than ours. As long as he doesn't have rabies a dog bite is pretty safe. I never heard that about dogs carrying all kinds of bacteria. Well, I'm sure they have all kinds of bacteria but not necessarily bad kinds. And while it is unlikely he introduced something dangerous, more important, take good care of it now so that nothing gets introduced, YK? Like ordinary cut care. IME the cut from the dog's mouth is no more dangerous that if you cut your hand cutting a sandwich. But if you are worried it never hurts to call your OB.
I just found this though:
Clean it real good and use antibiotic ointment. Yeah, it definitely won't hurt to call the doctor just in case. How deep it the bite?
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