Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
127 Doctors are Online

Query about rashes caused by a pet dog - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Infections
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 3175 Questions
User :   hi my dog slightly scratched my arm a couple of days ago and it was itch so i scratched it. my arm now has a rash all over - for four days? should i worry. she's a clean domestic dog
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi.
User :   my dog sligtly scrathed arm. it itched so i scrathed. now have rash on forearm
User :   could the scratch have caused rash. it didn't break skin
Doctor :   Did the dog lick the scratch too?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you have the itching, burning sensation or pain over the rash now?
Doctor :   Are you running fever?
User :   there's a couple of little red bits away from the rash which itch only on the exact bit. no fever. theres the rash and then there like a little dot similar to a mosquito bite where it itches intensly
User :   no fever
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain.
Doctor :   The rash appears to be due to an allergic reaction or due to inflammation secondary to the scratch.
User :   thought so. would that transfer a little further up the arm as i've been scratching
Doctor :   Let me suggest you few measure that should help you.
Doctor :   1. Use caladryl lotion on the affected region.
Doctor :   2. Avoid scratching and handling the region with bare fingers.
Doctor :   3. Watch out for new symptoms such as vescicles or blister appearance.
Doctor :   they are indication of infection,
Doctor :   if such symptoms appear, get to a doctor to obtain antibiotics.
Doctor :   4. If the itching is persistent, you can use oral antihistamines such as benadryl tablet; one tablet a day for 2-3 days.
User :   will do. think there might be a blister type. possibly from scrathing with dirty fingers?
Doctor :   A large blister, with discharge with pain, redness are indication of an infection.
User :   not large blister. just small. one last think. on a different not. On heavy night drinking i avoid the car the next day. Sometimes thought have a line of cocaine - still strictly don't drive though. how long does it stay in system though.
Doctor :   If you feel that there is a blister, then you may use neosporin ointment over it.
Doctor :   Do not try to handle them or squeeze them.
Doctor :   I expect these rashes to be down in 5 days to a weeks time.
Doctor :   If the rashes keep increasing, or you develop fresh blisters, or you develop fever; get to a doctor.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   yes. you've been much help
User :   there hasn't been any new marks
Doctor :   That is a good sign of healing.
User :   thanks. can you let me know about the cocaine getting out of system. never drive the next day but worry it will still be in system the next day after. am so again drink drug driving
Doctor :   I expect you to become normal in 5 days to weeks time.
User :   thanks so much for your help. will computer cease debiting my card once i've logged off?
Doctor :   Cocaine gets metabolised by the kidney and gets excreted in the urine.
Doctor :   The effects of cocaine depends on the amount used.
Doctor :   It is one of the short acting narcotics.
User :   say after a gram. i dont advocate it. but i guess as a doctor you'll know about the stresses of a job
Doctor :   where half the body levels are expected to be down in an hours time, if the kidney is functioning normally.
User :   thanks so much. really appreciate your help. the doctors in england are very condescening and un approachable - the gp's any way. they just tend to push pills to solve a problem.
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor