A 45 year old patient was seen at the Walk in Clinic in Orlando after the dog bite which was 24 hours old. The patient had pain, redness and swelling of the hand. Dr. Jain examined the patient and did the blood tests and culture of the wound. The patient was immediately given the antibiotic injection followed by the oral antibiotics. The patient was given the injection every day and the patient responded well to the regimen.
On examination the patient had few puncture wound and laceration with swelling. The hand is swollen and possibly having some crush injury of the underlying tissues and also the infection.
Dog bite can impair the body’s function. For example, a laceration to a hand may look bad, but more important than the potential scarring would be a lacerated tendon that would prevent a finger from moving. Dog bite is less severe than cat bite. Dog bites inoculates the bacteria deep into tissue and majority of dog bites do get infected. Common bacteria involved in such infections include Streptococcus, Staphyococcu and Pasteurella.
Day 10 of treatment: