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What is the treatment for dog bite? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jan-2014
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Doctor:How can I help you?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:I was attacked my a dog when I was 7-8 years old..but I didnot recieve any treatment then,since no bite marks was Iam 26..few days back I observed i bite mark in the leg where The dog has attacked in any case if i was bitten then..what could I do now?
Doctor:Rabies infection that occur through dog bite occurs usually in 6 months following dog bite.
Doctor:Other infections including tetanus are also manifested within few months to year following the infection.
Doctor:Now when it is almost 20 years past the bite
Doctor:there is no serious complications expected.
Doctor:So you need not be worried.
User:ok..but read some article today that the incubation period may be more tha 10 years also
Doctor:Yes, the incubation period varies for rabies infection
Doctor:however there are no significant reports of late manifestation after 20 years of dog bite.
Doctor:So you need not panic.
User:ok..thanks a lot...but in any case if I take injections now..will that be any help now
Doctor:The chance of you getting infection now is extremely low.
Doctor:rabies vaccination will not prevent infections now after 20 years
Doctor:So there is no point in taking them now.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:ok..thanks a lot..i hope nothing will happen due to this
Doctor:Do not be worried.
Doctor:worries and apprehension will cause you more problems than a 20 year old dog bite.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
User:ok bye..thanks again
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