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Vole bite, tetanus vaccination - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 6 year old son was biten by a vole that our cat found - he thought it was dead & it bit him - it put 4 punchure holes in his hand - 1 of which bleed for a little while. What should we do?
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   Hi - could you please tell us what to do for a vole bite
Doctor :   Does he have any redness surrounding the bite marks?
User :   As of a couple minutes ago no but I will go check again
Doctor :   ok,
User :   I just checked there is very little redness but it is swollen a little
User :   are you still there?
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   Has the bleeding been stopped ?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   I meant if still any ooze present , if yes wash the hand under a running tap
Doctor :   do not squeeze the bite marks
Doctor :   need not worry , its a allergic reaction to its saliva what can be expected here
User :   we did already wash it under cold running water & now have ice on it
Doctor :   that good , if you have any antibacterial ointments in home do apply now
User :   Yes we do - how about putting hydrogen peroxide on it?
Doctor :   and to prevent any allergic reaction give him syrup Allegra about 5 ml only once now
Doctor :   yes, Hydrogen peroxide is ok
Doctor :   and do get him vaccinated with Tetnus toxoid by tomorrow
User :   Does he need to be taken in to a doctor for anything?
Doctor :   yes, for the TT injection, and there would be no need for the same if he is vaccinated recently ( say not more than 4 years back )
User :   Are you saying that if he had had a Tetnus vaccination in the last 4 years that he will not need one now?
Doctor :   yes, you got it right
User :   OK - I am pretty sure he has had one in that time period but I am going to check my records for sure
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   And do not cover the bite mark with a bandage
Doctor :   let it be open but apply ointment
User :   OK - I have found my records - he received a DTaP on 06/02/2008 - is that recent enough?
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   then i see no need for a repeat shot now
User :   Good - Ok we will put hydrogen peroxide & ointment on and leave it open - Thank you very much
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   kindly provide your feedback
User :   Thank you - Goodbye - I will provide feedback thanks again
Doctor :   Bye , wish him al good health
Doctor :   Take care
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